Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing earned an Excellent grade after undergoing a Readiness Inspection last week at the Duluth Air National Guard Base.
Throughout the week-long event, the Bulldogs generated 10 aircraft, flew 58 sorties and overcame numerous scenarios, ranging from chemical and conventional attacks, to navigating and utilizing simulated contaminated equipment, and coping with casualties among their Wingmen.
The unit spent several weeks undergoing rigorous exercises that not only tested their endurance, but readiness for future missions and the Readiness Inspection.
“From the minute we arrived here we recognized the pride, sense of urgency and job knowledge you all have and it carried through the entire inspection,” said Col. Craig Leavitt, Inspector General Team Chief. “The 148th is ready to do anything and everything that the state and country asks them to do.”
"The inspection team evaluated the 148th Fighter Wing in positioning the force, employing the force, sustaining the force and the ability to survive and operate,” said Air Force Capt. Jodi Kiminski, 148th Fighter Wing Executive Officer.
The Readiness Inspection came on the heels of unpaid furloughs impacting nearly 240 federal technicians at the 148th along with
the base losing its 24-hour alert status in June.
The 148th earned the same rating during the last Readiness Inspection in 2009.