148th Fighter Wing recognized on Fox Sports North

By KBJR News 1

August 7, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 7:19 PM CST

The 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard was featured on Fox Sports North's Operation Home Base.

Operation Home Base airs during every Sunday Twins game through September 11th. The 148th Fighter Wing was the first aired base to be featured on the broadcast. Fox Sports North Host Marney Gellner said the purpose of Operation Home Base is to recognize military members and their families.

"We're trying to broadcast to Twins fans a reminder to say thank you for your service and to acknowledge military members and their families, to support the families while the husband or wife is deployed," Gellner said.

"It's perfect," Tech Sgt. Adam Wabrowetz said,"it was a perfect welcome home present."

Sgt. Wabrowetz returned to the U.S. about a month ago after his deployment in Kosovo ended.

"Without that support, it'd make it very difficult to do what we do," Wabrowetz said, "That's why we're here. That's why we're in the military. For our families, for our country and to have that support makes it worth it."

Operation Home Base is in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's and Dr. Jill Biden's 'Joining Forces' initiative.

"It's awesome that they're (FSN) coming up here and seeing us and supporting us through the Twins," said SSgt. Matthew Hayes, "I'm a big Twins fan."

SSgt. Hayes recently returned from a six and a half month deployment in Afghanistan. Upon returning home, he proposed to his girlfriend, now fiance, Angie Lehto.

"I cried my eyes out when he came back and I didn't think I was going to but it all hits you at once," Lehto said.

"Being a military family is hard work," said Major Audra Flanagan, "It contains sacrifice. So for us to be able to share our work environment with the families today is very special."

The 148th and their families were able to watch the game together during a viewing party.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin

jaustin@northlandsnewscenter.com