Selfridge airfield operations receive national honor

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The airfield operations management team at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been named the Air National Guard’s Airfield Operations Complex of the Year for 2015.

The award announced this week is the latest recognition for airfield managers and air traffic controllers at Selfridge, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, commended the team Friday. The base sits in Miller’s district.

“Knowing the caliber of the brave men and women who serve there, it comes as no surprise their airfield operations management team has been named the Air National Guard’s Airfield Operations Complex of the Year,” Miller wrote in a statement Friday. “Their dedication and professionalism should serve as a model for our entire military, and I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”

During the past two years the airfield management team oversaw $7.1 million in renovations to the runway, taxiways and parking spaces, Selfridge officials said. The tower exterior received a $500,000 upgrade.

Selfridge airfield managers serve Air Force operations as well as support Coast Guard, Army and Customs & Border Protection aircraft. Operations at Selfridge during 2015 included visits by Air Force One and Air Force Two, when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the area.

“While we are certainly pleased with this recognition, we are hardly surprised,” said Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander in a statement. “Our airfield team, led by Senior Master Sgt. Kelli Martin at the ops desk and Mr. Steve Oliver in the tower, show us their professionalism and dedication every time an aircraft takes off or lands at Selfridge.”

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