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The 127th Wing is home to two flying missions of the Michigan Air National Guard, serving Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command. The 127th Wing is also the home unit of the 107th Weather Flight, Air Force Special Operations Command. In addition, the 127th Wing serves as host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, a military air field dating back to 1917. Currently, Selfridge ANG Base is home to more than 20 tenant units from all branches of the military, the Coast Guard and Border Patrol.

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Selfridge Air National Guard Base News

Airman Joins ANG to Say ‘Thank You’ to America

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February 24, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

(Part of a series of stories about Michigan Air National Guard Airman originally from different countries.)

Like many new enlistees in the Michigan Air National Guard, Airman 1st Class Elvira Shani considers the Air Force to be a part of her family. For Shani, having an Air Force family is extra important - the rest of her family is 5,000 miles away, in Albania.

Shani recently completed Basic Military Training and began work with the Services Flight of the 127th Force Support Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Beginning to serve in the Michigan Air National Guard also provides Shani with the opportunity to pay homage to her own family heritage of military service and a way to say thank you to America for the opportunities she's had since she immigrated to the country from Albania in 2002.
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Airmen From Around the World Find Home in Michigan ANG

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February 24, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

(Part of a series of stories about Michigan Air National Guard Airman originally from different countries.)

Every Airman has a story.

In fact, says Airman 1st Class Sarah Adams, one of the best things about the Air Force is that every Airman has a unique story.

"Everyone is from a different place, has been to different places around the world," she said. "I feel like I fit in perfectly."

Adams is one of three people who recently joined the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing with one unusual similarity in their background: none of them were born in the United States. Adams was born in the Philippines and adopted by a family of American missionaries. Airman 1st Class Elvira Shani, originally from Albania, said she joined the Air National Guard to say thank you to her new country. And then there's Airman 1st Class Eduardo Arteaga, a native of Mexico. Twice he was ordered deported for being in the country illegall
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Selfridge traffic patterns to change

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February 21, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Drivers on the grounds of Selfridge Air National Guard Base should be watchful of new traffic patterns taking effect at the end of the month.

Birch and Wagner Avenues, the one-way streets on either side of the Base Dining Facility, will change direction in order to better accommodate ongoing Air Force missions at the base on Monday, February 24.

The one-way street east of the dining facility (Wagner St.) will become northbound, accessible from Wilbur Wright.

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Concealed Carry Licenses Not Valid on Selfridge

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February 11, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Michigan is a gun-friendly state. Statewide, there are 426,000 active Concealed Pistol Licenses, according to a Michigan State Police report released January 7. In Macomb County alone, there are 38,000 active CPLs. And those who prefer to open carry don't even need a license to do so. While open and concealed carry are both legal outside the gate, they are not authorized on Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

"Concealed carry licenses issued at the state level are not honored here at Selfridge," said Master Sgt. Charles Cain, NCO-in-charge of Security Forces Operations for the 127th Security Forces Squadron. "The installation commander has the authority to approve or disapprove the validity of these licenses on base. The decision to disapprove CPLs was made because Selfridge is a 'federal enclave,' and federal law prohibits the possession of privately owned firearms or other dangerous weapons on the installation."
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Mapley Enjoys Life on the Court & in the Guard

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February 9, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The Michigan Air National Guard scores with one hoops-playing Airman.

A college basketball player in his civilian life, Airman 1st Class Andrew Mapley has also been serving for the past three years in the Michigan Air National Guard. He works as a structural Journeyman in the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

"The unit and guys are fun to work with; the environment is fun and everyone is treated with respect," he said.

Mapley said he would eventually like to make a career in the National Guard. As a member of CES he performs and manages activities to provide facilities and infrastructure supporting the United States and allies.
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Heaton, Barton Win ANG Honors

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February 7, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Public Affairs Airmen from Michigan's 127th Wing earned top honors in the annual National Guard Media Contest.

Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton was named the Air Force Print Journalist of the Year for the second consecutive year by the National Guard in the contest, which considered a portfolio selected from calendar year 2013. Heaton also won three second place awards in the annual contest.

Technical Sgt. Rachel Barton won first place in the TV Spot video production category.
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Golf Gate To Open Feb. 14

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February 6, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The entrance to Selfridge off North River Road in Harrison Township, or the Golf Gate, will reopen on Friday, February 14, for regular operating hours, 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily, and closed on federal holidays.

The Joy Road Gate, which has been available during the closure of the Golf Gate, will close on Wednesday, February 12, and will remain closed.

The Main Gate will be the only entrance to the base available Wednesday and Thursday, February 12 and 13. Delays at the main entrance can be anticipated due to greater traffic levels.
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Blue Angels to Headline Selfridge Open House

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February 6, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The highest-flying free show in the Motor City returns to the skies of Macomb County this September.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels - led by Clinton Township native Commander Tom Frosch - will headline the 2014 Selfridge Open House and Air Show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. The show will feature a wide assortment of military aircraft and equipment displays, along with a number of civilian acrobatic aerial performances. Admission to the show on the military base is free and the parking is free.
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HERITAGE SERIES: Maughan’s Visit to Selfridge Made Him the (Unofficial) Fastest Man in the World

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January 30, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

(Part of an ongoing series of stories highlighting key Airmen and events in the history of Selfridge Air National Guard Base)

His name was Russell L. Maughan and in between being a World War I flying hero and carrying a paratroop division into World War II, he was the fastest man at Selfridge Field. In fact, Russell Maughan was the fastest man in the world.

Col. Russell Maughan's service record over a 30-year period included scores of accolades and combat service in two world wars. Among his many accomplishments, it was his airmanship during a week in October 1922 at Selfridge that brought his name to national prominence. On Oct. 14, 1922, he became the first man in the world to be clocked traveling in excess of 200 miles per hour during the Pulitzer Trophy airplane races. Two days later, he shattered his own speed record by clocking in at 248.5 miles per hour.
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Wing completes Unit Effectiveness Inspection

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January 15, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine


Worlds collided, finally, as the Air Combat Command Inspector General and team were joined by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team at the first Air National Guard Unit Effectiveness Inspection of the 127th Wing January 9-15.

The 127th Wing, which is an ACC-designated wing flying A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft also has an AMC group flying KC-135 Stratotankers, and an Air Force Special Operations Command Weather Flight. With this inspection, the 127th Wing succeeded in getting higher headquarters to synchronize the inspection cycles of all major commands within the UEI. The UEI goes above and beyond the typical Unit Compliance Inspection and includes components from other inspections, such as Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation and Logistics Compliance Assessment Program. At the same time, the wing hosted an Environmental, Safety, Occupational Health (ESOH) Requirements inspection team.
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Selfridge Airman Provides Air Refueling Communication Needs

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January 14, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

For some, you could say a military career begins when they are young. For one Michigan Airman this was the case.

Senior Airman Desiree Jones grew up in a military family. Her father retired after twenty years of active duty in the Air Force. She says she loved the military culture growing up but didn't love moving around. When her father retired, Jones' family settled close to her mother's family in southeastern Michigan.

"I will probably stay here forever," said Jones. When asked about the Michigan winters she replied, "I love the snow!"
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Financial Readiness Course Aids Selfridge Airmen

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January 12, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A new training program is helping Airmen of the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing improve their ability to deal with the financial challenges of daily life.

"In these tough times, financial awareness is critical to your Guard career," said Paulus Obey, a retired Air National Guard master sergeant who serves as the director of the Family Readiness Group for the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.

Obey works closely with the first sergeants and unit commanders around the 127th Wing to provide support to local Guard Airmen who find themselves in a pinch due to financial circumstances. Financial counseling and training in budgeting has always been a part of that program, but now a new formal class is being added to help local Airmen, and their spouses, become more financially aware.
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Service is Key for Selfridge Munitions Airman

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January 12, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

"It's all about service," says Senior Airman Daniel Ellis who serves in the munitions section of the 127th Maintenance Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard. Enlisting right out of high school, Ellis has served 5 and a half years at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. He said he chose the Air Force because, "they are mumber one in their field."

Ellis said the Air National Guard has taught him leadership qualities, as well the importance of attention to detail.
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Selfridge ANGB: Home of the Drop Tank

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January 12, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Welcome to the home of the drop tank.

There's hardly a military air field in the country - perhaps in the world - that does not have a collection of specially-designed jettisonable auxiliary fuel tanks, ready to be quickly attached to an aircraft to significantly extend the flying range of that aircraft. More commonly known as "drop tanks," these auxiliary fuel tanks, coupled with the use of in-flight refueling operations, help to allow today's fighter aircraft make long distance trips, such as a transit across the Atlantic Ocean. The world's first known operational use of such an auxiliary fuel tank took place on March 5, 1923, at what is today known as Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
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New Selfridge Airmen Seek to Broaden Horizons

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January 12, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Three of Michigan's newest Citizen-Airmen plan to take advantage of the various educational benefits available through the Air Force and Michigan Air National Guard to help them reach their goals.

Travis Bowman, Winston Williams and Gregory Mosley each will be assigned to an aircraft maintenance position in the 127th Maintenance Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base upon the completion of their Basic Military Training (BMT) and Technical School training. The 127th Maintenance Group maintains and supports the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft mission at Selfridge. All three of the men have dates set to begin their formal military training over the next few months.
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