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Selfridge’s security squadron moves into new facility

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 14, 2011

 U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Col. Michael Thomas, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, during a Dec. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the new security forces building on the base.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Col. Michael Thomas, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, during a Dec. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the new security forces building on the base.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Security personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base moved into a completely renovated facility this past month and celebrated the improvements with state and base officials during a Dec. 4 ceremony.

The 127th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), which provides security and law enforcement services to the base, will utilize the renovated facility that now includes an armory, a holding cell and other security-related features.

“Building 160 will now serve as part of the foundation for the 127th Security Forces” said Capt. Christopher Platz, commander of the SFS.

Col. Michael Thomas, 127th Wing commander, said Selfridge continues to play a unique role in the nation’s security community, being home to all uniformed services and several Department of Homeland Security agencies.

“Without our Security Forces Airmen at the guard, we would be unable to fulfill our varied missions,” Thomas said.

Among the dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, who serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

Levin said that the military personnel who serve at Selfridge perform two important tasks for the nation.

“You do more than defend and protect our country,” he said. “You unite our country at a time when we are divided. You give the American people something in common that we can all rally behind.”

The SFS’ new home, Building 160, was originally built in 1933 as the first permanent post exchange on the base. Selfridge opened as a military airfield in 1917.

The historic nature of the building was preserved in the renovation, which included maintaining the aesthetic quality of the exterior façade of the original building and replicating the original windows using updated materials to meet today’s environmental codes. A 2,800-foot addition that was built on to the 11,400-foot main structure was constructed with a more modern appearance to distinguish between the original historic building and the modern addition.

The total cost of the SFS project was approximately $4.2 million. National company Mead and Hunt served as the architectural and engineering firm on the SFS project. Greg Construction in Ira Township was the general contractor.

In addition to offices, a roll-call room and other general-use spaces, the facility contains rooms that can be used for police interviews, temporary detention cells and weapons storage.

The SFS moved to the new facility from Building 305, which will be used for office space in the future.

The SFS building is one of three major construction projects that have been taken place around the base.

Other ongoing projects include renovations to the 107th Fighter Squadron operations building, a $7 million project that is expected to be complete in April 2012, and construction of several buildings related to the maintenance and administration of aircraft munitions. This $13 million project, which is being built utilizing a geothermal heating and cooling system, is slated to be finished sometime in October 2012.
 

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