Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command says the 148th Fighter Wing is one of two bases in the US that no longer has a 24-hour alert status. The removal of the alert status in Duluth and at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia is said to save $73 million over the course of four years. The savings would come from shifting personnel from full-time to part-time. According to a study earlier this year by the U-S Government Accountability Office, NORAD said removing the alert status from the base would have little impact on the nation's security. NORAD says both bases lost their 24-hour alert statuses back in June after years of back and forth discussion about the topic. The 148th Fighter Wing wouldn't comment on the issue. Kevin Jacobsen Bio - Facebook - Twitter - E-Mail