148th Fighter Wing Has Rich History in the Northland

The history of the fighter wing was covered Tuesday at a special Duluth Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Greysolon Ballroom.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has watched over the country and Northland every hour of every day since 1948.

The history of the fighter wing was covered Tuesday at a special Duluth Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Greysolon Ballroom.

The 148th Fighter Wing Commander said the group is one of only two air enemy suppression defense wings in the entire National Guard.

“The 148th Fighter Wing is the seventh largest employer in this area, and we contribute roughly $95 million to the economy per year,” said Col. Chris Blomquist, the 148th Fighter Wing Commander.

The 148th is always there 365 days a year, and were on patrol on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as at Super Bowls.

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