Selfridge Airmen Deploy to Southwest Asia

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
About two dozen Citizen-Airmen of the 127th Security Forces Squadron have been forward deployed and are now on duty at a base in southwest Asia.

The Airmen, all members of the Michigan Air National Guard and home-stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will provide security to U.S. and allied air operations while deployed. The deployment is schedule for about four months. The Selfridge Airmen departed for the deployment earlier this month.

"Our Security Forces members, in teams like this and periodically as individuals, have been called upon many times over the past several years to support operations both domestically and overseas," said Capt. Christopher Platz, commander of the 127th SFS at Selfridge. "While being away from loved ones is always a challenge, our Airmen have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment and dedication to serving our nation and state by answering calls such as this."

Counting the SFS deployment, about 500 Selfridge Airmen have served on some type of deployment during 2013, more than 200 of whom have deployed to overseas locations, including Guam, Germany and southwest Asia.

Air Force Security Forces personnel are trained to provide both law enforcement and security services to Air Force personnel, property and equipment at locations around the world.

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 Operations 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 is also home to units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.