Selfridge base plans busy year to mark 100th anniversary
Harrison Township — Selfridge Air National Guard Base will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and officials gave a preview Tuesday of some of the activities planned.
The celebration will culminate Aug. 19-20 with a Team Selfridge Open House and Air Show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying team.
Other events planned throughout the year are parades, concerts and partnerships with local schools.
Brig. Gen John D. Slocum, commander of the base’s 127th Wing, said he anticipates thousands of people will attend the two-day open house which is also slated to have military demonstrations, aircraft displays and civilian acrobatics demonstrations.
Slocum said he wants the centennial to honor the heritage of Selfridge and celebrate the past, present and next 100 years for the base.
“The fact that this base has stood and still stands is just absolutely remarkable,” Slocum said Tuesday at the Selfridge Military Air Museum. “We are looking forward to next summer, having a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we do out here at Selfridge.”
Selfridge is one of the three oldest military air fields in the country. In addition to the Air Force wing, the Army, Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection all have aircraft assigned to Selfridge.
Macomb Executive Mark Hackel said Selfridge is part of the rich history of the county and has helped boost the local economy.
He said he expects the centennial celebration will put Macomb on the map.
“I think with this 100-year anniversary celebration people are going to be surprised that it’s been here for 100 years,” he said. “And I think people are going to be proud of the rich heritage and the traditions that we’ve had here.”
Capt. Michael Droogleever said the centennial is significant because Selfridge has continually supported every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Rarely do you see bases like this stay around for so long,” he said.