Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The last remaining 148th Fighter Wing personnel and its F-16 aircraft departed for its overseas deployment to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan early Saturday morning.
This is the fourth overseas deployment for the Wing, but it’s first to Afghanistan. The Wing has previously deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Approximately 300 Airmen have departed for Afghanistan over the past week.
The 148th anticipates its primary mission while be Close Air Support, or protecting ground forces, while deployed.