127th Wing [127th WG]
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to deactivate the 111th Fighter Wing (Air National Guard) and relocate some of its assigned A-10 aircraft to the 127th Wing (ANG), Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mount Clemens, MI (three primary aircraft). This recommendation was part of a larger recommendation that would close NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA. DoD claimed that this recommendation would enable Air Force Future Total Force transformation by consolidating the A-10 fleet at installations of higher military value.
DoD also recommended to realign Selfridge Air Reserve Base, MI. The 927th Air Refueling Wing (AFR) at Selfridge would distribute its eight KC-135 aircraft to the 127th Wing (ANG) at Selfridge. The 127th Wing would retire its 15 F-16 aircraft and eight C- 130E aircraft, and convert to A-10 and KC-135R aircraft. It also recommended to distribute Beale AFB's, CA, KC-135R aircraft to the Air National Guard at Selfridge ANGB, MI (four aircraft) and one other base. Beale's more modern KC-135R aircraft would help increase the new ANG tanker mission at Selfridge to an effective-size of 12 aircraft. The resulting KC-135R increase at Selfridge would increase the tanker force structure into squadron sizes that are more operationally effective. The ANG wing's older, less capable C-130E and F-16 aircraft would retire and be replaced with Reserve KC-135R aircraft from Selfridge and Beale, and 15 A-10 aircraft realigned by the recommended closures of W.K. Kellogg Airport Air Guard Station, MI, and NAS Willow Grove, PN.
In another recommendation, DoD would close W.K. Kellogg Airport Air Guard Station, MI. It would distribute the 110th Fighter Wing's A-10s (15 aircraft) to the 127th Wing (ANG), Selfridge ANGB, MI. The Air Force would place one squadron at Selfridge (62) because it would be significantly higher in military value than Kellogg (122). The Air Force would retire the older F-16s from Selfridge and combine the two A-10 units into one squadron at Selfridge to retain trained and skilled Michigan ANG Airmen from both locations.
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