After just one month in office, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack toured the 148th Fighter Wing. While at the 148th, Rep. Cravaack toured its maintenance facility, an F-16 fighter jet, met with Airmen, and attended a mission briefing, according to Maj. Audra Flanagan.
Rep. Cravaack, a 24-year retired Navy Captain and former airline pilot, received a briefing on the 148th's flying mission as well as it's 24/7 Air Sovereignty Alert Mission. Rep. Cravaack, was recently appointed to two subcommittees on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and three subcommittees on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The 148th Fighter Wing is the ninth largest employer in Duluth with just over 1,000 members. In addition to its flying mission, the 148th provides Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) also known as bomb squad support to local law enforcement in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 148th provides 24-hour fire, crash and rescue support to the Duluth International Airport.