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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

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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Former POW shares story, poems with Selfridge BCC

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

Major Gen. (ret.) John L. Borling can bookend his 37-year Air Force career around two trips to Selfridge Air National Guard Base. In the first trip, he experienced his first ride in the cockpit of a supersonic fighter-interceptor and almost lost his hearing. In the second trip, the former prisoner of war told the story of how he used poetry to help him and his colleagues return home from Vietnam with honor.

Borling spoke at the monthly meeting of the Selfridge Base Community Council, a civic organization that builds on the long-standing positive relationship between the 97-year-old military air base and the local community. During the visit Borling shared a number of his experiences as an Air Force pilot and regaled a crowd of about 200 business leaders and military personnel with a number of the poems he wrote during his 6 ½ years of captivity as a prisoner of war after his F-4 Phantom was shot down by ground fire during the Vietnam War. Borling's poems, all composed du
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Michigan Airmen return home from Combined Resolve

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November 13, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

About 75 Michigan Airmen returned home to Selfridge Air National Guard Base the day after Veterans Day, after spending about two and a half weeks participating in Combined Resolve 2014, a major exercise based in Germany.

Combined Resolve is a Joint Multinational NATO training mission preparing U.S. and European militaries for combat rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan, focused predominantly on large conventional force operations.

The Michigan Air National Guard Airmen who participated in the exercise were primarily from the 127th Operations Group, 107th Fighter Squadron and 127th Maintenance Group, along with a smaller contingent from the 127th Air Refueling Group and 171st Air Refueling Squadron.
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127th Wing salutes veterans

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November 10, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Michigan Airmen will be engaging in several events to help honor America's veterans during the national Veterans Day holiday.

Several senior leaders from the 127th Wing, including the wing commander, Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, will be speaking at schools or civic organizations on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

In a Veterans Day message to the wing, Slocum thanked the Airmen at Selfridge Air National Guard Base for their "outstanding and unselfish service to our country and to Michigan."
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Secretary James: Selfridge ‘stands ready’

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

Saluting Team Selfridge for continuing to 'Stand Ready' to serve state and nation, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spent Thursday, Nov. 6, visiting Michigan's Hometown Air Force at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

"The 127th Wing has certainly been shouldering its fair share, maybe more than its share, over the last several years," James told the base's Airmen. "There is no doubt you really do stand ready."

During her visit to the air base, James also had lunch with the nominees for Airmen of the Year from the 127th Wing at Selfridge, met with the Team Selfridge commanders and held an "all-call" meeting with Airmen from around the base. The Secretary also met with the local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator team, underscoring the priority the Defense Department has placed on eliminating and properly responding to cases of sexual assault among service personnel.
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Slocum Takes Command at Selfridge

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November 2, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

More than 250 of the Airmen in his new command did not attend the ceremony in which Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum was officially named the new commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. One contingent of the Michigan Air National Guardsmen is in Europe, another is at an island air base in the Pacific Ocean.

While Slocum, who takes the helm at Selfridge after serving for several years at National Guard Bureau headquarters in Maryland, said he's certainly looking forward to getting to know and working alongside all of the roughly 1,700 Citizen-Airmen in his command, the absence of those two groups was "exactly how it should be."
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Active, Guard Airmen work together to gain weapons training

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November 2, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The Combat Arms Instructors assigned to the 127th Security Forces Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base recently received some weapons certification of their own. After the squadron was assigned with new mission responsibilities involving a new weapon system, the M2 50-caliber machine gun, the 127th SFS found itself with no way to qualify it's new heavy machine gun teams to support the various missions overseas. Before these teams can be trained, the Combat Arms Instructors needed to become qualified and proficient first.
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Airman serves with a ‘passion’ for computer systems

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November 2, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A move to the Michigan Air National Guard is providing an ideal set of opportunities for one Airman.

Staff Sgt. Chris Jones recently joined the Michigan ANG's 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base after completing an initial enlistment of four years in the active-duty Air Force. The change also allowed Jones to make a change in his Air Force career field, moving into the computer network administration field, after serving as an intelligence analyst.

"My wife and I decided we wanted to move back home (to Michigan) and raise our family here," Jones said. "And I wanted to build on a career I already started in the Air Force."
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Enlisted heritage finds new home at Selfridge

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October 31, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Quarters One has a new lease on life. One of the oldest buildings at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been designated for use as the Enlisted Heritage House at the historic air base.

Quarters One, officially designated as Building 409, served for decades as the home for general officers assigned to both Selfridge and to the Detroit Arsenal complex in nearby Warren, Mich. Now the building will be used as meeting space for the 127th Wing's Chiefs Council, Noncommissioned Officers Council and similar organizations. A heritage room, featuring photos and other information about the contributions of Michigan Air National Guard enlisted Airmen, is planned and various artifacts will be placed throughout the building.
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