Selfridge deploys again to southwest Asia

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 21, 2016


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard announced this week that approximately 100 members of the Michigan Air National Guard are now on duty in southwest Asia.

The deployed airmen are members of the 127th Wing and departed from Selfridge Dec. 12 and are serving in the U.S. Central Command region in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and other contingencies, officials said.

The Selfridge airmen will be deployed overseas into early 2017.

“Once again, our Airmen have stepped forward and answered the call,” said 127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum. “From our youngest Airman to our most experienced, one quality shines through — their commitment to serving our great country.”

The airmen are members of the wing’s 127th Air Refueling Group, which includes the 171st Air Refueling Squadron and the 191st Maintenance Squadron. The group operates the KC-135 Stratotanker, which is used primarily for air-to-air refueling operations.

Selfridge officials said in the past year, airmen from the group have performed short-term deployments in the European, Pacific and Central Command areas of operations.