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Selfridge Air National Guard Base — About 500 airmen from Selfridge Air National Guard Base now are home. The majority returned Saturday.

Airmen from the 127th Wing have been returning home over the past several weeks, with the largest contingency returning to Michigan this weekend, with ten jets and pilots returning on October 22. Most of the airmen and aircraft spent 6 months in Southwest Asia, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and other missions.

The largest group of airmen, about 350, were from the units that fly and operate the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft at Selfridge, notably the 107th Fighter Squadron, 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 127th Maintenance Squadron. Most of these airmen were deployed for six months, the longest mass deployment of Selfridge airmen since the Korean War. A-10 pilots and support crews sported more than 1,600 deployments, logging more than 11,000 combined hours of combat flight time. The A-10 is principally an air-to-ground attack aircraft; it is popularly known as the Warthog.

Smaller contingents of Airmen from the KC-135 Stratotanker units at Selfridge deployed for two- and three-month periods, flying some 300-plus missions, logging almost 2,200 combat flight hours. They completed their deployments earlier this month. Units in involved in the KC-135 deployment included the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, the 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 191st Maintenance Squadron. The KC-135 is principally an air-to-air refueling aircraft, though can also be configured to carry injured personnel or troops and cargo.

After members of Selfridge Air National Guard Base’s 127th Wing returned home from their deployment to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS in U.S. Operation Inherent Resolve:

U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement:

“In the early days of the Civil War, our nation's capital was under severe threat of Confederate attack, which may have led to an early defeat of the Union. Then, the First Michigan Volunteer Infantry marched up Pennsylvania Avenue to secure the city and defend the Union. President Abraham Lincoln responded very succinctly, ‘Thank God for Michigan!’

“Today, we welcome home these servicemen and women who have just returned from a 6-month deployment in-theater to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. I cannot stress enough how proud we are of them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our great nation. For their dedication to the causes of liberty, freedom, and democracy, we are extremely grateful. Welcome home, and once again ‘Thank God for Michigan.’”

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