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150411-Z-FN720-060 -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II starts engines on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 11, 2015. The A-10's are being prepared for a six month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

127th Wing Co-Photo of the Year Winner -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II starts engines on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 11, 2015. The A-10's are being prepared for a six month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

150129-Z-VA676-111 – An Airman from the 127th Operations Support Squadron waits to be rescued during a combat search and rescue exercise in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range, west of Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2015. The 107th Fighter Squadron and related elements of the 127th Wing are participating in a series of training exercises known as Snowbird, while at the Total Force Training Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 107th flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II and is assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

127th Wing Co-Photo of the Year Winner – An Airman from the 127th Operations Support Squadron waits to be rescued during a combat search and rescue exercise in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range, west of Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2015. The 107th Fighter Squadron and related elements of the 127th Wing are participating in a series of training exercises known as Snowbird, while at the Total Force Training Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 107th flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II and is assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

150411-Z-EZ686-671 -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich.,  hooks up for a refueling to a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 171st Aircraft Refueling Squadron during a deployment to Southwest Asia, April 11, 2015. Both squadrons are components of the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

150411-Z-EZ686-671 -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., hooks up for a refueling to a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 171st Aircraft Refueling Squadron during a deployment to Southwest Asia, April 11, 2015. Both squadrons are components of the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

Airmen of the 127th Wing Honor Guard participate in a training course at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., May 15, 2015. The Selfridge Honor Guard renders final honors at the funerals of about 300 Air Force veterans every year in the Detroit area. The honor guard also participates in many military ceremonies on the base and in the community every year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

Airmen of the 127th Wing Honor Guard participate in a training course at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., May 15, 2015. The Selfridge Honor Guard renders final honors at the funerals of about 300 Air Force veterans every year in the Detroit area. The honor guard also participates in many military ceremonies on the base and in the community every year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Vergun, 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels technician, and Staff Sgt. Jesse Torma, 191 Maintenance Squadron crew chief, carry the fuel hose to a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., July 9, 2015. Fully loaded, a KC-135 can hold up to 203,000 pounds of fuel. On a typical day, the average load is around 40,000 pounds or 5,900 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Vergun, 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels technician, and Staff Sgt. Jesse Torma, 191 Maintenance Squadron crew chief, carry the fuel hose to a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., July 9, 2015. Fully loaded, a KC-135 can hold up to 203,000 pounds of fuel. On a typical day, the average load is around 40,000 pounds or 5,900 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Torma, 191 Maintenance Squadron crew chief, disconnects the refueling hose from a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., July 9, 2015. Fully loaded, a KC-135 can hold up to 203,000 pounds of fuel. On a typical day, the average load is around 40,000 pounds or 5,900 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Torma, 191 Maintenance Squadron crew chief, disconnects the refueling hose from a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flightline at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., July 9, 2015. Fully loaded, a KC-135 can hold up to 203,000 pounds of fuel. On a typical day, the average load is around 40,000 pounds or 5,900 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

150319-Z-EZ686-390 – Army National Guard Soldiers and Air National Guard Airmen work together to load an M777 howitzer into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., March 19, 2014. Airmen from the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard provide aerial port services to military units across the state of Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

150319-Z-EZ686-390 – Army National Guard Soldiers and Air National Guard Airmen work together to load an M777 howitzer into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., March 19, 2014. Airmen from the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard provide aerial port services to military units across the state of Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

150408-Z-VA676-025 -- Airmen from the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron and supporting units, prepare and load cargo to support a major deployment of personnel and aircraft from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility took place in early April 2015. Because of the flight schedules, much of the loading had to take place in the middle of the night. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

150408-Z-VA676-025 -- Airmen from the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron and supporting units, prepare and load cargo to support a major deployment of personnel and aircraft from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility took place in early April 2015. Because of the flight schedules, much of the loading had to take place in the middle of the night. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

150319-Z-EZ686-515--Staff Sgt. Nobles, a member of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, stands next to the 40-foot trailer truck she drove carrying 15 pallets weighing 9,000 pounds of materials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base – her home base– to the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Mich., on March 19, 2015.  Nobles is one of nine Airman from the 127th LRS who recently supported the Michigan Army National Guard 's119th Field Artillery mobilization exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

150319-Z-EZ686-515--Staff Sgt. Nobles, a member of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, stands next to the 40-foot trailer truck she drove carrying 15 pallets weighing 9,000 pounds of materials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base – her home base– to the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Mich., on March 19, 2015. Nobles is one of nine Airman from the 127th LRS who recently supported the Michigan Army National Guard 's119th Field Artillery mobilization exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

150411-Z-EZ686-983 -- Two A-10 Thunderbolt II’s of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., fly toward Southwest Asia in a deployment of some 350 Michigan Air National Guard Airmen from the base. The Michigan Airmen will be supporting U.S. Central Command operations in the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)
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150411-Z-EZ686-983 -- Two A-10 Thunderbolt II’s of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mich., fly toward Southwest Asia in a deployment of some 350 Michigan Air National Guard Airmen from the base. The Michigan Airmen will be supporting U.S. Central Command operations in the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt. David Kujawa/Released)

Two 127th Wing Airmen review information inside the Airman's Manual while dressed in Mission Oriented Protective Posture, or MOPP gear, during an expeditionary skills training day at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb 8, 2015. Every three years, all airmen must attend expeditionary skills refresher training, in order to maintain their readiness.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Amn. Ryan Zeski)
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Two 127th Wing Airmen review information inside the Airman's Manual while dressed in Mission Oriented Protective Posture, or MOPP gear, during an expeditionary skills training day at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb 8, 2015. Every three years, all airmen must attend expeditionary skills refresher training, in order to maintain their readiness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Amn. Ryan Zeski)

150501-Z-VA676-011 -- Firefighters from Selfridge Air National Guard Base participate in a series of exercises and drills while working at the fire training center operated by the Macomb Township Fire Department, just a few miles from the air base, May 1, 2015. Firefighters at Selfridge are required to be skilled in fighting potential structure fires as well as being able to respond to aircraft-related emergencies. The Selfridge Fire Department routinely interacts with a number of neighboring fire departments through a series of mutual aid agreements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)
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150501-Z-VA676-011 -- Firefighters from Selfridge Air National Guard Base participate in a series of exercises and drills while working at the fire training center operated by the Macomb Township Fire Department, just a few miles from the air base, May 1, 2015. Firefighters at Selfridge are required to be skilled in fighting potential structure fires as well as being able to respond to aircraft-related emergencies. The Selfridge Fire Department routinely interacts with a number of neighboring fire departments through a series of mutual aid agreements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

150506-Z-MI929-008 – A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker is pushed out of the hangar after completing an isochronal inspection at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., May 6, 2015. An ISO is a major inspection of all of the aircraft’s systems. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell.)
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150506-Z-MI929-008 – A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker is pushed out of the hangar after completing an isochronal inspection at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., May 6, 2015. An ISO is a major inspection of all of the aircraft’s systems. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry Atwell.)

150821-Z-EZ686-040 – Technical Sgt. Tim Kelly of the 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron engages in a panel inspection on the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 127th Air Refueling Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. on Aug. 21, 2015.  The KC-135 Stratotankers on Selfridge are put through a panel inspection every 900 hours or 12 months that the Airmen of 191st AMXS perform.  (Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa/Released)
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150821-Z-EZ686-040 – Technical Sgt. Tim Kelly of the 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron engages in a panel inspection on the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 127th Air Refueling Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. on Aug. 21, 2015. The KC-135 Stratotankers on Selfridge are put through a panel inspection every 900 hours or 12 months that the Airmen of 191st AMXS perform. (Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa/Released)

150412-Z-VA676-017 -- Airmen of the 127th Wing complete the run during their annual physical fitness assessment at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 12, 2015. Airmen are tested annually to ensure they continue to meet Air Force physical fitness standards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)
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150412-Z-VA676-017 -- Airmen of the 127th Wing complete the run during their annual physical fitness assessment at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., April 12, 2015. Airmen are tested annually to ensure they continue to meet Air Force physical fitness standards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

Medical, security and other personnel from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and other organizations participate in a mass casualty and active shooter exercise Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Brittani Baisden/Released)
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Medical, security and other personnel from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and other organizations participate in a mass casualty and active shooter exercise Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Brittani Baisden/Released)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Photos of Airmen and aircraft heading en route to combat assignments and day-to-day training assignments at home station are included in the 2015 Photos of the Year, as captured by the 127th Wing Public Affairs team at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Two photos related to the deployment of the 107th Fighter Squadron and related Selfridge-based units shared the honors as the 127th Wing's photo of the year, as selected by various members of the 127th Wing headquarters staff. The first photo, taken by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski, shows an A-10 Thunderbolt II as the aircraft engines are starting in the early morning darkness, preparing to depart for a six-month deployment. The co-winner, taken by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton, was taken during an A-10 training deployment to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, to prepare for the deployment. In the photo, 127th Operations Support Squadron Airman Adam McMann is surrounded by orange smoke as he awaits "rescue" during search and rescue training.

Zeski joined the 127th Wing in January 2015 from the active-duty Air Force. Heaton marked 10 years with the 127th Wing's PA staff this month.

"Both of these photos not only represent a talent for photography, but the story behind the photo is what really makes me proud of our PA Airmen," said Master Sgt. David Kujawa, superintendent of the 127th Wing PA shop and a past national award winner in the National Guard photo of the year contest. "Both photos show that the Airman was willing to get out there and be where the mission is, either early in the morning in Zeski's case or out in the rugged terrain of an air-to-ground range for Heaton. You can't take good photos sitting behind a desk."

A selection of the 127th Wing's top photos, along with 127th Wing videos and news stories, will be forwarded to the National Guard Bureau for consideration for national level awards.

About the 127th Wing
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command operations 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 98th year of continuous military air operations in 2015.