Michigan National Guard members meet at Selfridge Air National Guard Base with officials from the Republic of Singapore Air Force last month. Selfridge is one of five installations being considered to host Singapore F-16s and F-35Bs as part of a plan to establish an F-35 Foreign Military Sales Training Center.

Michigan National Guard members meet at Selfridge Air National Guard Base with officials from the Republic of Singapore Air Force last month. Selfridge is one of five installations being considered to host Singapore F-16s and F-35Bs as part of a plan to establish an F-35 Foreign Military Sales Training Center.

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Singapore Air Force officials stop by Selfridge

Base is considered for student training site

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 5, 2021

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — International officials recently visited Macomb County to explore the viability for a student pilot training site to come to the area.

On March 19 and 20, officials from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, or RSAF, visited Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

Five members from the RSAF and six members of Headquarters Air Education and Training Command were on hand for a site visit for a potential student pilot training bed-down site.  

As part of their visit, Phil Ulmer of the 127th Wing Public Affairs said they received briefings from the Michigan Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers; the Michigan Air National Guard Commander and Assistant Adjutant General, Brig. Gen Bryan Teff; the 127th Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen; Macomb County officials; and Selfridge Base Community Council members.

Aside from touring the base, representatives were flown to the National All-Domain Warfighting Center at Camp Grayling, the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and other training ranges in Michigan.

“At Selfridge, they visited and evaluated several locations on the base, ranging from aircraft hangars and office space to parking ramps and base amenities,” Ulmer said.  

Ulmer added that Selfridge is one of five installations being considered to host Singapore F-16s and F-35Bs as part of the U.S. Air Force’s plan to establish an F-35 Foreign Military Sales Training Center, which could accommodate up to 36 F-35s.

Singapore has indicated that it wants to co-locate its F-16 training detachment in Arizona with its future F-35 training unit.

In July, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett signed a memorandum to establish a permanent training center at a single location in the continental U.S. for 24-36 F-35 long-term foreign military sales aircraft and for Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 basing.

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