Minnesota National Guard
148th Fighter Wing          

F16 S enior Airman Jessalyn Schmaedeke with the 148th Fighter Wing works on a Block 50 F-16 during a Sentry Savannah training exercise in Savannah, Georgia, on Feb. 10, 2015. The exercise allows fighter pilots to participate in war simulations that depict what they would face in a combat scenario. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka)
Unit Information

The 148th Fighter Wing, headquartered in Duluth, operates the F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon to provide Suppression of Enemy Air Defense. The full wing structure, which includes headquarters, operations, maintenance, mission support and medical groups, is comprised of Airmen prepared to rapidly respond to support federal and state missions and community needs.

There are five major units in the 148th FW: Headquarters Group; Maintenance Group; Operations Group; Medical Group; and Mission Support Group.

2015 Accomplishments

As of 2015 the 148th Fighter Wing was the ninth-largest employer in Duluth, employing more than 1,000 Airmen. Operating the most advanced F-16s in the U.S. inventory, the unit is one of only two National Guard wings flying the aircraft and conducting SEAD missions.

In 2015 the 148th Fighter Wing had a total of 37 Airmen deployed overseas to support Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinel and security missions with the U.S. Pacific Command.

In February members of the 148th Fighter Wing participated in the Sentry Savannah exercise in Georgia. The two-week event afforded pilots the opportunity to conduct air-to-air combat simulations with F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft.

In May 2015 the 148th Fighter Wing participated in the Combat Hammer exercise, an ordnance delivery exercise in Utah that familiarized pilots on more than 50 types of munitions that the F-16C can carry.

For their final training deployment, in August 2015, the 148th Fighter Wing participated in the three-week Red Flag exercise in Alaska. During the training members of the wing partnered with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force on SEAD operations.

Also in 2015, the 148th Fighter Wing welcomed its first pilot to participate in its Active Associate Program. The program, designed to distribute training resources throughout the Air Force components, provides active duty pilots the flight time and experience needed to become fully qualified.

2016 Objectives

In 2016 the 148th Fighter Wing will deploy a majority of its Airmen to support the U.S. Pacific Command's mission to deliver rapid and precise air capabilities to protect and defend the U.S. and its allies and maintain regional security.

The wing also looks to gain additional pilots for its Active Associate Program to provide trained and ready Airmen to the U.S. Air Force, and undergo a construction project which will increase the wing's flight capacity.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 4680 Viper Street, Duluth MN 55811
Unit Telephone: 218.788.7210
Recruiter Telephone: 218.788.7818

148FW HQ

Unit Patch  Unit Crest
Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
-148th Fighter Wing, Duluth
--Headquarters Group
--Operations Group
--Maintenance Group
--Medical Group
--Mission Support Group

Unit Leadership

Commander  Command Chief
Col. Jon Safstrom
148 FW
Chief Master Sgt. Mark Rukavina
Command Chief
148 FW
Major Unit Equipment

F16 Fighting Falcon

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

1A1X1 - Flight Engineer

1N2X1 - Signals Intelligence Analysis

2W0X1 - Munitions Systems

3D0X4 - Computer Systems Programming

See complete list of Air Force Specialty Codes.
Unit Links

148th Fighter Wing

MN Air Guard Museum

148th Fighter Wing Guard Family Network

Follow us on

Follow MNNationalGuard on TwitterFollow the Minnesota National Guard on Wikipedia!Follow us on Facebook!
Locate an Armory or Airwing

View Larger Map

Phone Roster.xls
Unit Friends and Family

Unit Articles

Minnesota guardsmen help secure skies above South Korea

Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership

Planning and Execution: Keys to a Good Deployment

148th Fighter Wing to support stability operations in South Korea

Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing to deploy F-16s to South Korea

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General

Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing has new leader

Minnesota National Guard Joint Communications Platform supports exercise

148th Fighter Wing trains with Mobile Emergency Operations Center

148th Fighter Wing participates in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3

148th Fighter Wing Airman receives internship at Walter Reed

148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer

148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life

Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together

Airmen throttle up for East Coast fighter exercise 'Sentry Savannah'

CMSAF Cody visits with 148th Airmen

Making a Difference, 148th Airmen support Habitat for Humanity

Minnesota's 148th Fighter Wing participates in three European total force exercises

Running for a Good Cause

Climbing Stairs for Charity

A New Way of Doing Business

148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Conduct Winter Training

148th Fighter Wing Earns StormReady Re-Certification

The 148th scores high in Readiness Inspection

2013 Vibrant Response Exercise Builds Competent Ready Force

133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing Receive Outstanding Unit Award

Bulldogs return from Afghanistan

148th Fighter Wing returns from Afghanistan

Bulldogs earn 2012 National Guard Bureau's Winston P. Wilson Trophy

Minnesota Air National Guard Arrive in Kandahar (Photo Gallery)

Minnesota Trains for Disasters

Military identifies 4 killed in crash of firefighting plane

The 148th Fighter Wing announces Afghanistan deployment

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized

Airshow: Minnesota Air Spectacular launches Saturday and Sunday

148th Fighter Wing hosts an Emergency Management Training Exercise

148th Fighter Wing to receive national award

Deployed Airmen run to raise reflex neurovascular dystrophy awareness

Northland Dealership Offers Free Car Repairs for Military Families

CERF-P Open House

Community Helps Soldiers and Airmen Train in Practical Exercise

On Five
The official command information publication of the 148th Fighter Wing.