Top Photos from 2014

141110-Z-EZ686-164 – An Airman of the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., covers the engine of an A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., during the Combined Resolve exercise, on Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Nov. 10, 2014. 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. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- An Airman of the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., covers the engine of an A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., during the Combined Resolve exercise, on Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Nov. 10, 2014. 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. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

127th Wing commander Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum gestures the way as he, Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Isabelle Jr., Michigan Air National Guard commander; Major Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, Michigan adjutant general; and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James head to the Base Operations building after James' arrival at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Nov. 6, 2014. The visit by the secretary to Selfridge marked her 50th base visit since she became secretary in December 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- 127th Wing commander Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum gestures the way as he, Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Isabelle Jr., Michigan Air National Guard commander; Major Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, Michigan adjutant general; and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James head to the Base Operations building after James' arrival at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Nov. 6, 2014. The visit by the secretary to Selfridge marked her 50th base visit since she became secretary in December 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

An Air National Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controller takes up a defensive position during Operation Northern Strike at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., Aug. 11, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- An Air National Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controller takes up a defensive position during Operation Northern Strike at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., Aug. 11, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa)

140609-Z-VA676-012 - Airmen of the 127th Air Refueling Group return to their home station of Selfridge AirNational Guard Base, Mich., June 9, 2014, after a deployment to southwest Asia and the Central Command Area of Responsibility. The deployment for the 127th ARG was the last of a three-year-long series of "rolling mobilizations" during which small groups of Selfridge Airmen -- and often one or two KC-135s -- were forward deployed on an ongoing basis. With the conclusion of the rolling mobilizations, the 127th ARG will return to a more traditional Air Expeditionary Force schedule for possible future deployments, meaning more members of the unit will likely deploy if called upon, but will likely deploy less often. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Dan Heaton)

140609-Z-VA676-012 - Airmen of the 127th Air Refueling Group return to their home station of Selfridge AirNational Guard Base, Mich., June 9, 2014, after a deployment to southwest Asia and the Central Command Area of Responsibility. The deployment for the 127th ARG was the last of a three-year-long series of "rolling mobilizations" during which small groups of Selfridge Airmen -- and often one or two KC-135s -- were forward deployed on an ongoing basis. With the conclusion of the rolling mobilizations, the 127th ARG will return to a more traditional Air Expeditionary Force schedule for possible future deployments, meaning more members of the unit will likely deploy if called upon, but will likely deploy less often. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Dan Heaton)

140111-Z-NJ721-014  An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 127th Fighter Squadron is parked beneath a shelter on a foggy morning at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., on Jan. 11, 2014.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Robert Hanet/Released)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 127th Fighter Squadron is parked beneath a shelter on a foggy morning at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., on Jan. 11, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Robert Hanet/Released)

Airmen of the 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron begin their day by towing a KC-135 Stratotanker out of a hangar at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 19, 2014. Each aircraft undergoes a complete inspection, known as an ISO or isochronical inspection, at various points in the aircraft’s operational cycle. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- Airmen of the 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron begin their day by towing a KC-135 Stratotanker out of a hangar at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 19, 2014. Each aircraft undergoes a complete inspection, known as an ISO or isochronical inspection, at various points in the aircraft’s operational cycle. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief Tech Sgt Byron Blasky and Airman 1st Class Brian Whitfield, a crew chief in training, prepare to launch an A-10 Thunderbolt II for a routine training mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. on October 15, 2014. (Air National Guard Photo by Terry Atwell)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief Tech Sgt Byron Blasky and Airman 1st Class Brian Whitfield, a crew chief in training, prepare to launch an A-10 Thunderbolt II for a routine training mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. on October 15, 2014. (Air National Guard Photo by Terry Atwell)

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wesley, 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, loads ammunition into an A-10 Thunderbolt II’s GAU-8 Avenger system. The 30mm Gatling gun is among the most distinctive features of the A-10. The gun is capable of firing up to 70 rounds per second. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by SSgt. Samara Taylor)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wesley, 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, loads ammunition into an A-10 Thunderbolt II’s GAU-8 Avenger system. The 30mm Gatling gun is among the most distinctive features of the A-10. The gun is capable of firing up to 70 rounds per second. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by SSgt. Samara Taylor)

SSgt Andrew White, 127th Security Forces Squadron, receives hugs from his family on March 2, 2014, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., after being deployed for 6 months to southwest Asia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson / Released)

TOP TEN PHOTOS -- SSgt Andrew White, 127th Security Forces Squadron, receives hugs from his family on March 2, 2014, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., after being deployed for 6 months to southwest Asia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson / Released)

140209-Z-EZ686-084 – Airman 1st Class Sarah Adams is seen in her equipment used as a member of the 127th Security Forces Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 9, 2014. Adams was born in the Philippines and moved to Michigan when she began college. She said she found a sense of belonging and direction when she joined the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa / Released)
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TOP TEN PHOTOS -- Airman 1st Class Sarah Adams is seen in her equipment used as a member of the 127th Security Forces Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 9, 2014. Adams was born in the Philippines and moved to Michigan when she began college. She said she found a sense of belonging and direction when she joined the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa / Released)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- 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.

"Our Airmen remain fully engaged, be it training here at Selfridge or deployed to wherever our country needs them," said Penny Carroll, 127th Wing chief of public affairs. "Sharing their story through photos and other means helps our community to fully appreciate the dedication to service before self demonstrated by our Airmen."

Three of the photos in this year's Top Ten were taken during operations conducted before dawn, known in military lingo as "zero-dark-thirty." The photos, by Master Sgt. David Kujawa, Tech. Sgt. Rob Hanet, and retired Master Sgt. Terry Atwell, each capture a 127th Wing aircraft - either an A-10 Thunderbolt II or a KC-135 Stratotanker - in dramatic lighting.

Some images, such as a photo of the Nov. 6, visit to Selfridge by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, taken by Heaton, capture major news events - her visit was the first to Selfridge by an Air Force Secretary in at least 30 years. Others, such as a photo of munitions being loaded into an A-10, taken by Staff Sgt. Samara Taylor, capture the day-to-day life around the 127th Wing.

A selection of the 127th Wing's top photos from 2014, along with a selection of news and feature articles and videos created by the 127th Wing Public Affairs office, will be forwarded to the National Guard Bureau for consideration as the best stories, photos and videos from 2014. A selection of the 127th Wing's videos is available at www.youtube.com/127WG.

About the 127th Wing
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.