Selfridge Highlights 2012 Photos of the Year

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Photos of Airmen returning home from combat, a training exercise and an Airman taking advantage of a free moment to study for advancement are among the best photos of 2012 taken by Air Force photographers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The 127th Wing's top photos of 2012 were taken by Technical Sgt. David Kujawa, Technical Sgt. Robert Hanet and John Swanson, a civilian photographer assigned to the wing.

"The photos help to tell the story of who we are and record the history of what we accomplished in 2012," said Capt. Penny Carroll, 127th Wing Public Affairs officer. "As we reviewed the various images from the past 12 months, I was struck by the amount of accomplishments by the wing's Airmen. As we get caught up in the day-to-day of life it can be easy to lose track of the truly significant work our Airmen are doing."

The 127th Wing's top photos, along with the best of the wing's videos and news articles, will be forwarded to headquarters of the National Guard Bureau for consideration in the Air Force's annual media contest.

Two photos tied for the informal "best photo" of the year award for the 127th Wing. The first, taken by Kujawa in January, is a photo of Master Sgt. Brian Goodhue, being hugged by his son during a homecoming celebration. Goodhue was one of approximately 300 127th Wing Airmen who spent the last part of 2011 and the first part of 2012 deployed to Afghanistan along with the wing's A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The second photo, taken by Swanson, shows Airman 1st Class Brandie Nosakowski working on an Air Force correspondence course during a free moment while onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker in flight.

Staff Sgt. Rachel Barton and Master Sgt. Terry Atwell were the videographers responsible for the wing's top videos of the year, most notably a video documenting a KC-135 "Fly the Fleet" exercise created by Atwell and a promotional video report produced by Barton that was first shown on the giant video screen at a Detroit Pistons home game on Veterans Day.

The wing's best written articles of the year include a series of historical articles written by Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton, along with a commentary he wrote while on a short deployment to Estonia.

News, photos and videos created by the 127th Wing are routinely published on the wing's web site,, and frequently highlighted on the wing's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Comprised of approximately 1,600 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 marked its 95th year of continuous military air operations in 2012.