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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

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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Avionics Airmen get ‘hands-on’ with Selfridge A-10s

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

Having both an interest some kind of hands-on mechanical work as well as computer technology, Airman 1st Class Travis Bowman landed in an ideal spot when he enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard.

"I always wanted to get involved with aviation in some capacity," Bowman said. "This is a great step into it."

For Bowman, "this" is an assignment as an avionics systems specialist with the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Bowman enlisted in the Michigan ANG in 2013 and returned from his Basic Military Training and technical school training about a month ago. Now, the Michigan resident is working full-time at Selfridge for six months on "seasoning training," - really getting to know the ins and outs of life as a maintainer of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, the aircraft every calls the "Warthog."
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Airman returns from Djibouti; 570 Selfridge Airmen deployed in FY14

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October 23, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A Michigan Airman has recently returned after four months of duty in east Africa.

Staff Sgt. Nick Gucwa worked as a vehicle mechanic and quality assurance technician while assigned to AFRICOM at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. Gucwa is a member of the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. He is one of 570 Selfridge Airmen to deploy during Fiscal Year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, 2014.

"As an Airman, I'm always open to going someplace to try to make a difference, maybe even be a part of history," said Gucwa, who works as a school bus mechanic in his civilian job. 
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Selfridge makes switch in jet fuel usage

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

The 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base are among the latest military bases to make a change in its jet fuel, moving away from a fuel blend specifically made for military use to a civilian grade fuel.

"The change for us is essentially unnoticeable," said Master Sgt. Eric Henderson, fuels superintendent for the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, which supplies all aviation and ground fuels to military and homeland defense units at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

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Safeguarding your digital footprint

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

Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad.

Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online predators and individuals who want to do us harm.

While social media use can be entertaining and informative, it poses potential operations security weaknesses, and Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, provides guidance on appropriate social media use by Airmen.
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Rann, commander in 1970s, dies

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

A former commander of the 127th Tactical Fighter Wing has died. Brig. Gen. Richard A. Rann, who led the wing in the middle 1970s and then served as assistant adjutant general for air, died Oct. 9, in Charlotte, Mich.

Rann, 90, led the 127th TFW for about 18 months in 1974 and 1975 before becoming assistant adjutant general for air. Rann served as wing commander just after the wing transferred from Detroit Metro Airport to Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Prior to commanding the 127th, Rann served as the commander of the 110th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard in Battle Creek. In 2002, he was enshrined in the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.
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AGE shop relies on ‘well-rounded mechanics’ to keep equipment humming

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

Sometimes in the Air Force, it pays to be a specialist. But the workshop on the far east side of the aircraft parking ramp at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, where the AGE Airmen work, isn't one of those places.

"You really have to be a generalist," explained Staff Sgt. Michael Shoff, who has worked on aerospace ground equipment - or AGE - for the past 13 years, first as a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and, for the past seven years, in the Michigan Air National Guard. "We're working on roughly 20 different types of systems - electronics, pneumatics, generators, heating & cooling, turbo and diesel engines. You need to be able to work on each one and troubleshoot how those systems work together."
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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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