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  • 127 Wing makes historic highway landing

    ALPENA, Mich.—Members of the Michigan National Guard’s 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, made history today when they successfully landed modern military aircraft, then turned around and took off again from an American highway for the first time. Two A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots of the 127th Wing, two A-10 pilots of the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and six C-146 Wolfhounds aircrew members from the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida, executed the mission, landing the aircraft on a closed portion of Michigan State Highway M-32 here, as part of a training event named, “Thunder LZ.”
  • 127th Wing deploys to Exercise Spartan

    More than 700 members of the 127th Wing, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, are participating in a large-scale readiness exercise beginning this week, traveling north to the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center here, in support of Exercise Spartan. “Exercise Spartan is our opportunity to practice our warfighting excellence,” said Brig. Gen. Rolf E. Mammen, 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base commander. “This is what we are training every day to accomplish. Spanning over two weeks and executed in multiple phases, the first of which includes personnel deployment out-processing, troop and equipment movement from home station to Alpena CRTC. The second phase is notionally executing combat operations in a contested, degraded and operationally-limited environment and the third will return everyone back to homestation.
  • Selfridge CE Airmen Add Training B-Hut

    Thanks to the vision of one local Airman, Selfridge Air National Guard Base is now home to one of the strangest B-Huts in the U.S. military. The B-Hut, slang for a, "barracks hut," is a small building commonly seen on U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The one at Selfridge is smaller than most and is made up of a variety of building materials and methods. It is being used as a training center for the 127th Civil Engineer Squadron's building trades personnel. "It has been a vision of mine for several years," said Master Sgt. Dereck Leppek, a structures craftsman with the 127th CES. "We built this use wooden and metal studs, prefabbed materials and rafters made from lumber - the idea was to incorporate different building methods so our Airmen would get exposed to multiple scenarios."
  • Airman Finds Pride in A-10 Operations

    Before she joined the Air Force, Airman 1st Class Juliann Hammer didn’t know what an A-10 was. She admits that had never heard of a torque wrench. “And then I enlisted and it was like, ‘OK, let’s go be a mechanic on a jet,’” she said. “I didn’t know about any of it and now – well, just put down that I really, really like it out here. A lot.” Hammer’s “out here” is the flight line at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, where she served as a crew chief on an A-10 Thunderbolt II, an attack aircraft flown by the Michigan Air National Guard.
  • 127th Wing Airmen receive real-world training at Green Flag

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Approximately 130 Airmen and 11 aircraft from the 127th Wing traveled to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada last month to participate in Green Flag-West 21-03, a realistic air-land combat, close air-support training exercise, designed to give Airmen the experience of working in a deployed environment.  Approximately 130 pilots and maintainers from both the 127th Operations and 127th Maintenance Groups, participated in the exercise that spanned three weeks and included around-the-clock flying missions over Southern California and Nevada. 
  • Air Show Leads to Service in Michigan ANG

    When he was just a boy of 6 or 7 years old, Airman 1st Class Dillon TerHaar attended an air show at the Battle Creek, Mich., Air National Guard Base. There, he got to look into the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. At that moment, he decided to join the Air Force. Today, TerHaar is a crew chief working on A-10s for the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing, which is based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in metropolitan Detroit. In April 2021, he participated in his first major exercise, Green Flag-West, based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, helping to launch A-10s on simulated combat missions. “This is exactly what I signed up for,” TerHaar said.
  • Mission, Teamwork Drive Michigan Airman

    Senior Airman Maurice Starks has two priorities when he performs his duties as a weapons loader on A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing. “For me, its all about getting the job done,” the Airman said, still standing on the flight line next to an aircraft after he and his team loaded on a complement of rockets and bombs. “And these guys on my team, they’re like family to me and I love being a part of this family,” he said.
  • No fuel, no force

    SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.- The one factor undoubtedly controlling the ability of the Air Force to succeed is simple: jet fuel.  Members of the 127th Fuels Management Flight based here routinely work around the clock to ensure the Base is prepared to service all fuel needs, responsible for storing, distributing and receiving clean, dry and serviceable fuel, the unit keeps the heart of the base beating. “Our career field is important to the Air National Guard mission because, without fuel, nothing would happen on base,” Senior Airman Nick Bousquette, fuels distribution operator with the 127th Fuels Management Flight said.
  • Selfridge Aircrew save life, nominated for Mackay Trophy

    Three Selfridge Airmen have been nominated for the 2020 Air Force’s Clarence Mackay Trophy after successfully completing a lifesaving aeromedical evacuation mission between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, 2020. Capt. Alexander Begue, Capt. Jennifer Logsdon, both KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, and Staff Sgt. Jordan Kaminiski, a boom operator, all of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, will be considered for the award, along with aircrew members of the Alaska Air National Guard and active duty medical evacuation team members who also supported the mission. “It’s an honor to have been nominated for the award,” said Begue. “When you look at previous Mackay Trophy recipients, there are a bunch of [aircrew members] who are heroes and more deserving than us.”
  • 127 Wing Airmen receive COVID-19 vaccine

    SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. – Approximately two dozen members of the 127th Wing began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine here on Jan. 8, 2021 when more than 60 personnel received the shots, administered by Wing health technicians. About two dozen of the Wings firefighters previously received the vaccine through the local Macomb County Health Department. More doses of the vaccine are expected to be received at Selfridge on an ongoing basis in coming weeks.
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Selfridge Centennial
Poster highlights the 100-year history of Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard illustration by John M. Brandenburg)

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