February 28, 2009 (by SSgt. Don Acton) - Lt. Col. Brad Jackson, a full-time pilot from the 148th Fighter Wing, surpassed the distinctive 3000 flight hours mark in an F-16C Fighting Falcon on February 7, 2009.
Lt. Col Reed Bowman presents a sign to his wingman, Lt. Col Brad Jackson, for surpassing 3000 Flight Hours in his F-16 on February 7th, 2009 in Duluth. Lt. Col Jackson became the first pilot, from the 148th FW, to go over 3000 flight hours in an F-16.
A accomplishment achieved by less than 200 F-16 pilots worldwide, according to www.f-16.net!
Upon landing he received a warm welcome from his friends and fellow airmen. Col. Frank Stokes, the Vice commander of the 148th FW, then awarded Lt. Col. Jackson with his distinctive 3000 Flight Hours patch and gave him a friendly punch on the shoulder to secure it on the pilots' flight suit.
After a quick photo op on the blustery tarmac, everyone went inside to the Operations building for a small celebration.
Col. Stokes was very proud of his fellow pilot and noted that Lt. Col. Jackson's accomplishment also reflected the overall level of dedication and experience of our members of the 148th FW of the Minnesota Air National Guard. Lt. Col. Jackson first enlisted in the unit on July 18, 1981 and was commissioned on February 12, 1987.