After six months of drills involving loud flights, sirens and mock explosions at Duluth International Airport, the 148th Fighter Wing of the Air Force National Guard has received an “excellent” rating for combat readiness.
Members of the 148th Fighter Wing will conduct an Operational Readiness Exercise on Saturday, meaning increased flying activity, noise levels, vehicle traffic and radio transmissions relating to the simulated emergencies on the base.
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.
The last members of the 148th Fighter Wing deployed to Iraq returned to Duluth on Friday evening, greeted by hundreds of cheering family and friends, frigid temperatures and a nasty wind chill. At 200 strong, they were the largest contingent of Duluth’s Air National Guard unit to return at one time.
Though Noah Feehan’s son, Jack, will have his second Christmas this year, it will again be spent without his father. Last year Feehan was in Hawaii fixing planes for Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing. This year, he’ll be in Iraq.
The Department of Defense is expected to announce that it’s extending the service life of Block 40 F-16s to 2018.
October 24, 2008
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