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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

Civil Engineers respond to broken sanitary sewer line

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June 3, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

Repair work has begun on a sanitary sewer line here which was discovered broken on Friday afternoon.

The break, near the intersection of George Avenue and Wilbur Wrights Blvd, resulted in a sanitary sewer overflow into Lake St. Clair into Lake St. Clair. 

A berm has been built up to deter further runoff into the stormwater drain. Temporary pipe repair has also taken place. The permanent repair is anticipated on Wednesday, according to the Base Civil Engineer Utilities section. 
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Michigan units contributed to D-Day success

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June 3, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

One of the oldest flying units in the U.S. National Guard, the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard played a direct role in the D-Day invasion of 1944 which helped the U.S. and allied nations secure victory in World War II.

 

June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, in which thousand
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Selfridge Airman was among key D-Day leaders

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June 3, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A Selfridge Airman played a key role in the D-Day landings of 1944 which helped turn the tide of World War II in Europe.

 

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Airmen work on ‘continuous improvements’

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

When Technical Sgt. Jeff Motto puts on his uniform to serve in the Michigan Air National Guard, he's eager to keep a proud heritage alive at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

"Selfridge has a history full of innovation," said Motto, a power production specialist who serves with the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron at Selfridge. "I'd like to see that tradition not only continue, but expand at Selfridge."

Motto is among the many members of the Michigan Air National Guard and area veterans who enjoy tracking the 97-year history of Selfridge, which was once known as the "Home of the Generals" for the many early, influential generals who began their careers at Selfridge, including the first Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Carl A. Spatz.
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Services NCO: Airmen are the key

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

Set aside all the recipes, the inventory forms and the work schedules. In the end, says the master sergeant, it is the people that matter.

"It is the Services people. The Airmen. They are the magic that make it happen," said Master Sgt. Alan Levada, a member of the 143rd Force Support Squadron, Rhode Island Air National Guard.

Levada is the on-site Services supervisor for a 12-week Innovative Readiness Training mission in Raymond, Maine, where teams of Air National Guard Airmen, Marine Corps Reservists and Army Reserve Soldiers are rotating in to serve for two week periods at a construction project at Camp Hinds Boy Scout Camp. The IRT program allows military construction crews to work in their assigned military skill specialties while a nonprofit organization, in this case the Boy Scouts, reap the benefits of the work. The Scouts pay for the building materials. The IRT program is managed by the Dept. of Defense.
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127th SFS sergeant killed in Detroit shooting

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May 27, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

A military member assigned to a Selfridge unit was killed in a shooting incident Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Detroit.

Staff Sgt. Johnny Clyburn, a 21-year Air Force veteran and a member of the 127th Security Forces Squadron, was allegedly shot by his stepson in his home.

The Detroit Police Department has arrested a suspect in the shooting.

"Selfridge lost a valued member of our team to a tragic incident today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnny's family, friends and his Security Forces brethren," said Col. Philip Sheridan, 127th Wing commander. "We are standing ready to help his family get through this trying time."
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Selfridge CE Airmen: ‘This job is what I love to do’

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

For one, it was common sense. For the other, a meeting in Afghanistan led to some new opportunities. For each, the Michigan Air National Guard offered just what he was looking for.

Master Sgt. Harold Bauzon and Staff Sgt. Luke Lavigne both serve as engineering assistants with the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. For each Airman, the mix of architectural and engineering work he is called to perform for the military makes for an ideal career.

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MEOC bridges communication gaps

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

Four 127th Wing Airmen travelled from Selfridge Air National Guard Base with the Wing's Mobile Emergency Operation Center to participate in the State Interoperable Mobile Communications Exercise 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Looking like a camping trailer being towed behind a Ford F-550 diesel pickup, this vehicle does more than one might imagine.  The MEOC is a self-contained unit that can sustain continuous operations for three to five days.  The Selfridge MEOC responds for disasters and other contingencies in FEMA Region 5, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illionios, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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Airman Back in Uniform, Serving with CE

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

After a dozen-year break in service, Jason Navarre is back in the Air Force.

Now serving as Senior Airman Navarre, he served in the active duty Air Force and in the Michigan Air National Guard 1992-2002 as a petroleum, oils & lubricants specialists. Last year, he decided the retirement, health insurance and educational benefits of the Air National Guard were just too good to pass up, particularly with the years of service he already had on the books. So in October 2013, he re-enlisted, now serving as an operations specialist with the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.
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IRT Deployment Benefits, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers – and Scouts

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

Generations of Boy Scouts will benefit from an innovative training project being led by the Air National Guard.

ANG Airmen, joined by Marine Corps and Army Reservists, have begun a series of major upgrades to the Boy Scouts' Camp Hinds in Raymond, Maine. The project is a partnership between Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Scouts through a program known as Innovative Readiness Training, or IRT, that allows military construction units to partner with nonprofit organizations during military training projects. In this case, the Airmen, Marines and Soldiers are conducting annual training at the Scout camp, working on their various construction trade skills as they cut in a new road, construct a new parking lot, build cabins for Scout staffers, and prepare the site for a new dining facility at the Scout camp.
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Operations at Metro, City airports add flexibility to Michigan Air Wing

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May 20, 2014 in Michigan, Selfridge Air National Guard Base by clevine

With two full-service airports less than an hour's drive away, the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard enjoys a level of flexibility available to few military units in the U.S.

The 127th Wing, which flies the KC-135 Stratotanker and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, has utilized both Detroit Metropolitan Airport - the Detroit region's major air hub - and Coleman A. Young Airport - popularly known as City Airport - in the past week to accomplish the Wing's mission, even as major overhaul work is underway on the air field at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, where the Wing is stationed.
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‘The Gun,’ ‘The Boom’ highlight Michigan aircraft, Airmen

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

The Boom and The Gun are two completely different systems, representing different aspects of the Air Force's capabilities. The Boom - the fuel delivery system on a KC-135 Stratotanker - represents the Global Reach of the U.S. Air Force. The Gun - the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling-style weapon on an A-10 Thunderbolt II - is a direct representation of Air Power.

"The Boom" and "The Gun" are also the titles of two mini-documentaries recently released by the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard.
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A-10, KC-135, Coast Guard helicopter top Selfridge aircraft lists

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

And the winner is... an orange U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Three lists of aircraft have recently been added to the 127th Wing's web site. The lists feature the 94 different military aircraft that have been assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base since it opened in 1917 as Selfridge Field; the 54 different aircraft that have been assigned to the Michigan Air National Guard since its forerunner organizations were created in 1926; and the 33 aircraft and one ¾ scale replica aircraft on permanent display at the Selfridge Military Air Museum's Air Park at the base.
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Selfridge reaps energy savings

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

Energy savings rebates are Selfridge Air National Guard Base are not only helping the base to save money, but making it a bit more green every year.

The 127th Wing's Civil Engineer Squadron, which manages the physical property of the base, received $126,641 in energy rebates from utility companies in Fiscal Year 2013 and stands to collect about $53,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 due to a series of ongoing energy efficiency projects around the base.

Much of the money received during FY14 will be used to help fund another new project, installing more energy efficient lighting system in several of the aircraft hangars on the base. Among other advantages, the new $211,000 lighting system will have variable settings and ambient light sensors to allow the lights to operate at a lower power setting, even turning off some lights, on bright, sunny days. The new approach is known as "daylight harvesting," said Shannon Bergt, the 127th Wing's energy manager.
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Fuel system, taxiway project underway in $40M construction season at Selfridge

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

A major new jet fuel storage system and an overhaul of an aircraft taxiway are among more than $40 million worth of construction projects now in various stages of completion at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The largest of the projects, a brand new $36 million jet fuel storage and deliver system, is in the final design stage. Physical construction on that project is expected to begin in Fiscal Year 2015, with a completion date in Fiscal Year 2017.

The $5.3 million replacement of one of the aircraft taxiways on the base is about a quarter of the way completed. That work is expected to be finished by early summer. During the replacement of the taxiway, some of the Michigan Air National Guard's KC-135 Stratotankers at the base are temporarily operating out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The taxiway work at the base was scheduled to coincide with a deployment by most of the base's A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to two major training exercises in Arizona.
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