Flying Operations 'Surge' at Selfridge

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
The only aircraft in the Air Force inventory carrying the "A" designator for "attack," the A-10 Thunderbolt II brings a tremendous amount of firepower to any combat scenario. These A-10s, flown by the 107th Fighter Squadron and maintained by the 127th Maintenance Group, are based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The two units spent the last part of 2011 and the early part of 2012 forward deployed to Afghanistan in support of U.S. and allied ground forces there.

As part of a readiness exercise in August, the units conducted a surge in flight operations for several days, simulating the operating tempo that could be required to support a war fighting mission. Over a two-day period, the units conducted more than 70 sorties of A-10 aircraft at Selfridge.