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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

Michigan Airmen complete Snowbird Training

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February 9, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Fifteen thousand rounds to the good.

About 200 Michigan Airmen engaged in a series of exercises - primarily focusing on combat search and rescue utilizing the A-10 Thunderbolt II - centered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., and the nearby Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range over the two weeks ending Feb. 7, 2015.

The Snowbird exercise allowed the Airmen of the 107th Fighter Squadron, 127th Maintenance Group and other supporting elements of the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing to practice the major movement of their aircraft and personnel from home station at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and then to be able to engage in a simulated combat environment.
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Searching for training

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February 3, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The Michigan Air National Guard's 107th Fighter Squadron participates in a combat search and rescue exercise in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range, west of Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2015. See slideshow here.

The 107th and related elements of the 127th Wing are participating in a series of training exercises known as Snowbird, while at the Total Force Training Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 107th flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II and is assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. 
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Barton, Selfridge Airmen win PA awards

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January 27, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A Michigan Airman has been named the top broadcaster in the Air National Guard.

Tech. Sgt. Rachel Barton, a member of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base was named Broadcaster of the Year in the National Guard Bureau's annual media contest, which reviews the work of Public Affairs Airmen from units across 54 U.S. states and territories. Barton also won first place in the contest's video spot production category for a 30-second video she created promoting the Air National Guard as America's "Proven Choice."
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Ammo Airmen find a ‘change of pace’ with Michigan ANG

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January 27, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

One is an accountant. The other is an EKG technician in a hospital.

This week, they are building bombs.

Two Michigan Air National Guard Airmen say they were looking for a different kind of challenge - a "change of pace" from their civilian careers when they enlisted. They found it in the Ammo Flight of the 127th Maintenance Group.

"I wanted to do something different, a new environment to be challenged in," said Airman 1st Class Porshia Montgomery, who has been in in the Michigan ANG for just about a year. "This is about as different as it gets."
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Goodbye snow; hello Snowbird

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January 23, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

About 200 Airmen and 10 aircraft from the 127th Wing deployed to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 23, to Operation Snowbird.

The men and women from various units of the 127th Wing support, operate and maintain the A-10 Thunderbolt II mission.  Operation Snowbird allows military flying units to take advantage of the optimal weather conditions and live-fire ranges available in southern Arizona during the winter months, when home station training may be hampered by snow and ice. 
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Selfridge boomer: èI always wanted to be a flyerè

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January 15, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Laying on his stomach, in an ice-cold compartment with a master sergeant just an inch or so away, Airman 1st Class Andre McClain made a critical connection.

The newest boom operator with the 171st Air Refueling Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, McClain performed an aerial refueling mission with a fighter aircraft for the first time ever in his two-and-half-month old career as a boom operator on Jan. 13, 2015.

"Yeah, it was a little nerve-wracking," he admitted afterwards, standing in the rear of a KC-135 Stratotanker, cruising somewhere above 20,000 feet over the state of Michigan.
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Selfridge Names Top Airmen

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January 11, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Eight Airmen of the 127th Wing have been named Airmen of the Year for 2014.

The annual awards were announced during a formal ceremony in front of the assembled members of the wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base at the wing's first weekend drill of the year.

Winning the honors were:
· Senior Airman Janea Cook, 127th Mission Support Group, Airman of the Year
· Staff Sgt. Kenneth Kirchoff, 127th Operations Group, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
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2014 Loadeo Slideshow

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January 7, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Weapons load crews with the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load simulated munitions on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during the annual Loadeo competition on December 6, 2014, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  The Loadeo competition tests the weapons load crew skills at loading munitions in an expedient manner while maintaining technical excellence.  See photo slideshow here.
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127th Wing opens recruiting office in Southfield

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January 6, 2015 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The Michigan Air National Guard has opened a new recruiting office in Southfield, a Detroit suburb.

The new office on Southfield Road between 12 and 13 Mile roads not only will function as working space for Air National Guard recruiters from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, but will further cement the bond between the ANG and the community, said Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the Michigan ANG's 127th Wing.

"Our Airmen hold jobs in the community, are students in the community and then they put the uniform on and serve the community and the nation," Slocum said. "Our role in the community, and the support we receive back from the community, is vitally important to the Air National Guard mission."
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Top Photos from 2014

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December 29, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A visit by the Secretary of the Air Force, operations at "zero-dark-thirty" and Airmen returning home from deployment are highlighted in the 127th Wing's top photos from 2014.

Two of the photos, homecoming of 127th Security Forces personnel in March, shot by now-retired civilian photographer John S. Swanson, and a June photo of the return of 127th Air Refueling Group Airmen, taken by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton, each drew more than 1,000 likes and positive comments when shared on the 127th Wing's Facebook page.
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Credit union moves to new location at Selfridge

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December 18, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

An empty building at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been renovated and given new life as a customer service center for a credit union. The new building will also soon house the base's Post Office.

The Central Macomb Credit Union held a ribbon cutting on the base on Dec. 18 to celebrate the move to a new location at the corner of Jefferson and George in Building 715. The new location is across the street from the former credit union location and is located near the Selfridge Base Exchange and Commissary. The building formerly housed the base's Package Liquor Store, which was consolidated with the Selfridge Base Exchange in the main exchange building more than a year ago.
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70th Anniversary: Michigan Guard units played role in Battle of the Bulge

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December 16, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, which turned out to be the last major German offensive of World War II. Two Michigan National Guard units played significant roles in the battle.

The 254th Combat Engineer Battalion, now known as the 107th Engineer Combat Battalion and based in the Upper Peninsula, was deployed as infantry in Belgium when the German military launched an all-out attack on the evening of Dec. 16, 1944. The lightly-armed 254th was able to turn back two attacks before being forced to withdraw from a third attack supported by German armor and artillery. The 254th continued to withdrew to successive defensive positions until finally reinforced, some nine hours after the attack had begun. During the course of the battles, the 254th suffered approximately 100 soldiers killed, wounded or taken prisoner. As a result of its actions during the battle, the 254th was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the French Cro
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National Guard marks 378 years of service

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

One of the nation's most enduring institutions will marks its 378th anniversary on Saturday. The National Guard is the oldest of America's military forces, pre-dating the Declaration of Independence by more than 140 years.

While the U.S. National Guard traces its history to a Dec. 13, 1636, order by the governing board of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to form a militia in the colony, it would be more than a century and a half later before the first forerunners of the Michigan National Guard would form.
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Selfridge crew chiefs keep tankers flying

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

With several relatively new Airmen assigned to his duty section, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Kelly says he's enjoying his job as a KC-135 Stratotanker crew chief at Selfridge Air National Guard Base more than ever.

"You meet so many different personalities, different people, and they all come out here and say 'let's fix something,'" said Kelly.

Kelly has been a member of the 191st Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge for 12 years. He's worked in a few different shops over that time, but has always been directly involved in the maintenance of "heavies" - Air Force lingo for large, multi-engine aircraft. Now, he's helping to train some of the junior Airmen in the squadron, Airmen like Airmen 1st Class Mike Fontana and Brett Carroll, who combined have less than three total years of service in the Michigan Air National Guard.
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Honor Guard benefits ‘immeasurable’

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November 19, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Ultimately, it is about the veteran and his or her family, says Master Sgt. Thomas Barjaktarovich.

A member of the 127th Wing's Honor Guard at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Barjaktarovich has participated in more than 100 funerals for Air Force veterans, working with one or more other Honor Guard members to fold the U.S. flag and present it to the next of kin to the deceased.

"It is one of the most genuine and heartwarming things I have ever done," the master sergeant said. "To render final honors to a veteran, it is just the best way that I can think of to give back not only to the Air Force, but to my country."
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