This F-4D Phantom II on display was flown by Lt. Becklund.
March 1985 - February 1988, he was a F-4 Pilot for the 178th Fighter Squadron, NDANG, Fargo, ND. February 1988 - January 1990, he was Chief of Scheduling and a F-4 Instructor Pilot. He stayed in the guard becoming a Colonel and serving as the commander of the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, following an assignment as Director of Support.
Colonel Robert Becklund began his military career by enlisting in the North Dakota Air National Guard in May of 1982 as a Flight Simulator Technician earning Distinguished Graduate honors from USAF Basic Military Training. He earned his commission in September of 1983 from the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science also as a Distinguished Graduate. After finishing USAF pilot training and graduating first in his class, Colonel Becklund held several positions at the 119th Wing including Operations Chief of Scheduling, Plans Officer, Weapons and Tactics Officer, Chief of Stan/Eval, Chief of Safety, Acting Operations Group Commander, State Director of Operations, and Director of Support. Additionally the colonel served as detachment commander on numerous Combat Archer, Red Flag and Coronet Nighthawk deployments plus two USAF William Tell weapons competitions. He is a native of West Fargo, ND.