Selfridge breaks ground on new fuel system

Ground is broken April 22, 2016, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., on a new jet fuel storage and delivery system. Digging out the ceremonial first shovel of direct are: Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, commander of the Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Col. Stephen Ward, U.S. Property & Finance Officer, Michigan National Guard; Brig. Gen. John. D. Slocum, commander, 127th Wing; Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Isabelle, Jr., commander, Michigan Air National Guard; Major Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, adjutant general of Michigan; U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.; Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive; Mike Long, superintendent of Garco Construction. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

Ground is broken April 22, 2016, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., on a new jet fuel storage and delivery system. Digging out the ceremonial first shovel of direct are: Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, commander of the Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Col. Stephen Ward, U.S. Property & Finance Officer, Michigan National Guard; Brig. Gen. John. D. Slocum, commander, 127th Wing; Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Isabelle, Jr., commander, Michigan Air National Guard; Major Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, adjutant general of Michigan; U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.; Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive; Mike Long, superintendent of Garco Construction. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum is interviewed by local news media about a major new construction project at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 22, 2016. A new $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system being constructed at the base is the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell.

Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum is interviewed by local news media about a major new construction project at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 22, 2016. A new $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system being constructed at the base is the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell.

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- 160417-Z-MI929

The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has broken ground on the largest single construction contract in the 99-year history of the military air field.

A $32.6 million jet fuels storage and delivery system is being built at the base, creating a logistical infrastructure that will support all flying operations here.

The new storage system and delivery system will replace an existing storage area at the base that was constructed in 1958. The new construction will feature three primary components:

. An above ground, 630,000 gallon storage complex.

. An eight-station hydrant refueling system that will allow even the largest Air Force aircraft to "pull up to the pump."

. A new, remote fuel truck unloading site that will further enhance safety and security on the installation.

"This kind of infrastructure investment is exactly what we need to posture Selfridge to be a cutting-edge military facility for continued aircraft operations in the future," said Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander. "This project is a testament to the community and national support for Selfridge as a bedrock of enduring national defense and security for both our State and our Nation."

The project is expected to be completed in about two years.

Garco Construction of Spokane, Wash., is the lead contractor on the project.