Selfridge celebrates Air Force anniversary

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 30, 2019

 Senior Master Sgt. Dan Klik, the oldest 127th Wing member, and airman Hailey Brewer, the youngest 127th Wing member, cut the Air Force birthday cake during a ceremony Sept. 18.

Senior Master Sgt. Dan Klik, the oldest 127th Wing member, and airman Hailey Brewer, the youngest 127th Wing member, cut the Air Force birthday cake during a ceremony Sept. 18.

Photo provided by Selfridge Air National Guard Base

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A cake-cutting ceremony and steak lunch marked a recent birthday.

To celebrate the Air Force’s 72nd birthday Sept. 18, the 127th Wing at U.S. Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township hosted a cake-cutting ceremony and lunch at the base dining facility.

“Outback Steakhouse is cooking 800 lunches for free,” 127th Wing Public Affairs Chief Phil Ulmer said.

At the ceremony, Col. Daniel Kramer, commander of the 127th Mission Support Group, said a national security act established the Air Force on Sept. 18, 1947.

“What we’re really here for today is to thank the military community for everything they do for us,” he said.

Outback Steakhouse took part in the celebration for a second year.

As is tradition, the youngest and oldest members of the 127th Wing had the honor of cutting the cake.

Hailey Brewer joined the Air Force in 2017, after graduating from high school.

The oldest member was Senior Master Sgt. Dan Klik, 60, who recently retired. He joined the armed forces at 35.

The two used a U.S. Army Air Corps saber, loaned by the Selfridge Military Air Museum, to cut the birthday cake. The saber belonged to Pvt. Herschel S. Cromwell, a member of the 9th Aero Squadron, the first unit formed at Selfridge in July 1917.

To express the 127th Wing’s appreciation to Outback Steakhouse, Kramer, on behalf of the Air Force, presented a framed photo of a KC-135 Stratotanker at Selfridge refueling an A-10 Thunderbolt.

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