BY COUNCILORS ATKINS, STAUBER AND REINERT:
WHEREAS, the security of the United States and its citizens is protected by the citizen-soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard; and
WHEREAS, the various units of the Minnesota National Guard have been called into active service, deployed around the world and served with honor and distinction; and
WHEREAS, the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing has been renowned as a proficient and exemplary unit for many years; and
WHEREAS, the heroic service of the members of the 148th Fighter Wing has, and does, protect the safety and security of the nation; and
WHEREAS, the nation’s long northern border presents a risk that international terrorists could infiltrate into the United States, carrying dangerous weapons of war for the purpose of harming the civilian population; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has considered reducing the size of the 148th Fighter Wing.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council urges congress and the government of the United States to retain the Minnesota Air National Guard operations in Duluth at its current level, and, in addition, add to its mission the securing of our vulnerable northern border.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk shall send a copy of this resolution to the governor and all of the members of congress from Minnesota.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution memorializes support for the continued operation of Duluth’s Air National Guard unit.