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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 Engage at Green Flag-East

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September 17, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

On any job, knowing how to speak the lingo is critical. With that in mind, about 150 Michigan Airmen will spend the next two weeks brushing up on their "Army-ese."

The Airmen from Selfridge Air National Guard Base are participating in Green Flag-East, the U.S. military's most intense air-to-ground combat training exercise. The Michigan Airmen engaged in the exercise fly and support the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

The Airmen and 10 aircraft from Selfridge departed this week for the training centered at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.
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Combat history summaries added to 127th Wing web site

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

The early combat history of the Michigan Air National Guard is re-capped in a series of short summary reports recently created by the 127th Wing.

Summaries of the assignments, mobilizations and related actions of Michigan Citizen-Airmen during World War I, World War II and the Korean War are recounted in a series of four separate reports. All of the reports have been posted to the 127th Wing's web site over the summer months.

The first Michigan flying unit, the 107th Fighter Squadron, was created for service in World War I. The other two Michigan flying units, the 171st and the 172nd squadrons, were born of the second World War. All three units were mobilized for a year of service during the Korean War. All three summaries include a couple of photos from the corresponding era.
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14 Airmen Take Enlistment Oath at Selfridge Open House

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

Standing before a crowd of thousands, 14 young men and women promised on Saturday to defend the U.S. and Michigan constitutions.

All of the 14 are now Student Flight members of the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing, which is based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The 14 people were sworn in as new enlistees in the Michigan Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force by Col. Philip R. Sheridan, 127th Wing commander, just moments before the beginning of the flying portion of the 2014 Selfridge Open House & Air Show.
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Selfridge Open House: Helpful tips for aviation photography:

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September 5, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

The long-awaited 2014 Selfridge Open House & Air Show is finally upon us. The Selfridge Air Show is the perfect place to practice some of your photography skills. The following tips will help capture some spectacular images.

Without commenting on camera brand preferences, the following tips will mainly be geared toward SLR digital cameras and not so much the "Point and Shoot" cameras. In order to capture an image that stands out with great composition, exposure, and sharpness and you will want to use a camera with which you can manipulate the settings on, and switch out lens.
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Selfridge Open House Sept. 6-7

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August 28, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Dozens of military aircraft, ground vehicles and informational displays are being readied for the 2014 Selfridge Open House and Air Show, to be Sept. 6 and 7 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The Selfridge Open House is the largest public military display in the state of Michigan, with equipment from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Customs & Homeland Security all on display at the base. Admission to the Open House is free, as is the parking at the base. As many as 75,000 spectators are expected to attend the Open House each of the two days, with tens of thousands more spectators watching the air show portion of the Open House from vantage points outside of the base.
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Slocum selected to lead 127th Wing

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August 22, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Col. John D. Slocum from the Air National Guard Readiness Center has been selected as the next commander of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard.

As commander of the 127th Wing, Slocum will also provide overall support and services to 44 tenant organizations, including all branches of the military and numerous DHS organizations.

Slocum received his commission in 1984 and served as an F-4 and F-16 pilot. He joined the Arizona ANG in 1992 and has had several leadership positions at the ANG Readiness Center, most recently serving as the ANG Inspector General.
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100 miles and counting for Selfridge Airman

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

A Selfridge Airman recently completed the Burning River 100-mile Endurance Run.

Staff Sgt. Lukas Fisher, a member of the 127th Wing Inspector General office, completed the race coordinated by Western Reserve Racing, on Aug. 3, 2014. The run started in Cleveland on Aug. 2 and ended in Akron, Ohio the following day.

Fisher said he entered the race because he enjoys running and the challenges of it.

"I like to always improve on how far and how fast I can run," he said.
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Korean War aces gave Selfridge new nickname – Home of the MiG killers

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August 17, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

(Part of an ongoing series of stories, highlighting key figures and events in Air Force history with a connection to Selfridge Air National Guard Base.)
 
When the names of more than a third of the initial American aces of the Korean War were compared, one thing was found to be in common. All had served at or had a direction connection with Selfridge Air Force Base. And thus a nickname was born for the base on the shores of Lake St. Clair - "Home of the MIG Killers."
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Safety key for Selfridge Open House success

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August 8, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Safety preparations for thousands of visitors anticipated next month are continuous here this summer.

In Selfridge's planning of this year's Open House and Air Show, to be held Sept. 6-7, numerous safety measures and emergency management preparations are being reviewed, practiced, and upgraded, if needed.

The Air Force's recent acquisition of the P-34 Rapid Intervention Vehicle, a firefighting vehicle that uses new ultra high pressure firefighting technology, is one of the great assets Selfridge will use for emergency response. The RIV will be used as an aircraft crash response vehicle for the base. The mobility of the truck is one of its great features.
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Early air show led to record-setting day – x2!

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August 5, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

His name gets mentioned every time there's an open house and air show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Fred C. Nelson, an Airman who served his nation through three wars, is remembered at every Selfridge air show as the man who broke two records in a single day. One in the air and one on the golf course.

Flying a P-26A Peashooter, Nelson clocked in at 216.832 miles per hour in a closed 89-mile course before a cheering crowd of 50,000 people at the Mitchell Trophy Race on Nov. 17, 1934, the headline event at the Selfridge Field air show that year. It was a new air speed record in a closed circuit course. Nelson, then a captain in the Army Air Corps, celebrated by setting a new record on the 9-hole golf course at Selfridge, shooting a 32. It may well stand as the only time a person set a record on both the land and in the air during a single business day.
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Military, Homeland Defense on display at Selfridge Open House

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August 4, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

America's military and homeland defense forces will be on display during the free, two-day Selfridge Open House and Air Show, Sept. 6-7.

The Open House at Selfridge Air National Guard Base will feature dozens of military aircraft, armored vehicles, watercraft and related equipment, as well as an opportunity to meet many of the men and women who utilize that equipment in service to their state and nation. During the Open House more than 100 young Americans are scheduled to take an oath of enlistment to serve in either the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Navy.
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Michigan National Guard to conduct Operation Northern Strike

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August 1, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Aircraft from more than a dozen military units will be operating in northern Michigan over the next several weeks as part of a major training exercise organized by the Michigan National Guard.

More than 5,000 Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors will participate in the third annual Operation Northern Strike (ONS) exercise, based primarily at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, two of the largest, most comprehensive training centers in the nation. Both facilities are operated by the Michigan National Guard.
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New recruit swears in at court in front of judge – and mom

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

Torrey Gray's service in the Michigan Air National Guard began in a courtroom, under the watching eye of a Michigan 3rd Circuit Court judge.

Gray took the oath of enlistment to begin his service in the U.S. Air Force and Michigan ANG in the courtroom where his mother, Wayne County Sheriff's deputy Tonya Gray, works as part of the court's security detail. During a break in other judicial proceedings, Torrey Gray was sworn in as Judge Daniel Hathaway and a few other court officials watched.
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Selfridge meal shipment helps Haitian children

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

Forty thousand pounds of rice/soy food packages are on their way to children in Haiti, thanks to a Michigan non-profit group and the U.S. Air Force.

The food packages, created under the direction of the Kids Against Hunger Coalition's branch in Oak Park, Mich., were loaded on to Air Force aircraft for deliver over the weekend of July 12-13. The shipment was made under the Denton provision, a U.S. law that allows military aircraft to deliver certain types of humanitarian assistance at no cost to the non-profit group so long as the aircraft is already scheduled to fly along that route.
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HERITAGE SERIES: Selfridge mud couldn’t stop future USMC general

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

Not all of the aviation pioneers who set records, blazed new trails and launched distinguished military careers at Selfridge Field were Airmen in the U.S. Air Force or its various predecessor organizations in the U.S. Army. For one early aviator, a brief stay at Selfridge in the busy Interwar Years between World Wars I and II was a rare lowlight in an otherwise stellar 34 years of service to the nation.

That Major Gen. Lawson H. M. "Sandy" Sanderson served his entire military career as a U.S. Marine makes his inclusion in the historic aviator's logbook at Selfridge all the more unusual, as no Marine Corps flying squadron has ever been assigned to the base now known as Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
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