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Why I Serve -- Smith

Staff Sgt. Nick Smith works at his desk with the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Oct. 17, 2015. After serving for several years on active duty, the Airman wanted to return home but continue to serve. He found his opportunity in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

Staff Sgt. Nick Smith works at his desk with the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Oct. 17, 2015. After serving for several years on active duty, the Airman wanted to return home but continue to serve. He found his opportunity in the Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- After serving eight years in the active duty Air Force, Staff Sgt. Nick Smith did not want to give it all up for pursuits in the civilian sector.

Rather than separating from the military Smith decided to continue his career as a member of the Michigan Air National Guard. Now, he serves in the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Having a desire to complete his schooling and now taking on fatherhood responsibilities, Smith decided that becoming a traditional Guard member would make it possible to be successful in all areas.

"The Guard gives me the flexibility to attend school, support my family and still continue to serve my country," Smith said.

Information on careers at the 127th Wing is available at www.127wg.ang.af.mil/careers or by calling (800) 645-9420. Information on the Air National Guard is available at www.goang.com and on the Air Force as a whole at http://www.airforce.com

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.

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