Serving with Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing is a tradition for Evan Blazevic’s family: His grandfather, father, two uncles, an aunt and two cousins have served a combined total of more than 150 years in the outfit.
They’re always there, always ready: At least one pair of F-16s at Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing, waiting to respond to any plane flying where it shouldn’t be. On Monday, Capt. T.J. Rendulich and Capt. Alek Lied were called to track a Cessna stolen from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and flown into the United States.
A man suspected of stealing a plane in Canada and flying erratically across three states was trying to commit suicide, hoping he would be shot down by military fighter planes, a state trooper said today. Fighters based in Duluth were the first to intercept him.
Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing on Tuesday morning dispatched five people and a trailer to the Red River Valley. The self-contained trailer has satellite, telephone, radio, data and wireless capabilities, allowing officials to lead flood-fighting even when the area suffers power outages.
The 148th Fighter Wing had a change of command ceremony Sunday at the Air National Guard base. Col. Mark Johnson, who has been in the position since 2004, passed the job to Col. Frank Stokes. He says his experience will make for a smooth transition.
A Duluth filmmaker will premiere a controversial anti-war documentary this week that draws a connection between the 148th Air National Guard Fighter Wing’s deployments in Iraq and the accidental deaths of civilians.
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