Final Wave of 148th Fighter Wing Personnel Return from Afghanistan

By KBJR News 1

Credit: U.S. Air Force

An F-16 from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth taxis to the EOR after landing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2012. Personnel are deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Bull Dog F-16s, pilots, and support personnel began their air expeditionary force deployment in mid-August to take over flying missions for the air tasking order and provide close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

November 5, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- This past weekend saw the final home coming of the 148th Fighter Wing personnel who were deployed almost three months ago to the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

While deployed, nearly 300 "Bulldogs" of the 148th were responsible for supporting over 1,000 flights from August to October in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

This was the Wing's forth major overseas deployment. The 148th previously deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

The 148th Fighter Wing still has a dozen Airmen deployed throughout southwest Asia in support of contingency missions.

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