148th Fighter Wing [148th FW]
The 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard was located at the Duluth International Airport, Duluth, MN. There was one full time active duty detachment located at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. While there, the unit provided alert aircraft for the interception of possible illicit planes entering US air space from over the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005, the 148th was recommended for retirement by DoD as part of its 2005 BRAC Recommendations (see below for details).
The 148th currently flies the F16 ADF Fighting Falcon.
As part of Force Structure Changes announced by the US Air Force for FY 99, Detachment 1, 148th FW, would be terminated while an alert detachment at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, LA, would be activated in early FY99. However, a later Force Structures Change announcement made in March 1999, maintained the 148th FW, Detachment 1 at Tyndall AFB.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Duluth International Airport Air Guard Station, MN, by retiring the 148th Fighter Wing's F-16s (15 aircraft). Duluth (136) was ranked low in military value. The reduction in F-16 force structure and the need to align common versions of the F-16 at the same bases argued for realigning Duluth to an ASA site using aircraft assigned elsewhere and operating from Duluth on rotational basis as tasked by US Northern Command. The 148th Fighter Wing's expeditionary combat support would remain at Duluth supporting the air sovereignty alert (ASA) facility.
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