Selfridge AFB, MI
Selfridge Air National Guard Base Base is located in South East Michigan, near Mount Clemens and 30 miles north of Detroit. During the early 1960s Selfridge was used as a SAC bomber base. Selfridge is named after Lt Thomas E. Selfridge who was killed September 17, 1908, in an aircraft crash while flying with Orville Wright at Ft. Meyer Virginia. Lt Selfridge was the first military officer to pilot an engine-driven aircraft and the first to meet his death in powered flight.
The U.S. Army leased the 640 acres of land from Henry B. Joy for $190,000. On July 1, 1917 Selfridge field was opened. Ater World War II, Selfridge expanded to its present size of 3,600 acres. In 1947, Selfridge Field became Selfridge Air Force Base.
On July 1 1971, Selfridge Air Force Base was transferred to the Michigan Air National Guard. It was the first major active Air Force base to come under control of the Air Guard. Today Selfridge Air National Guard Base is the home of many diversified units including elements of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
The 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard was established at Selfridge ANG Base on April 1, 1996, by consolidating the former 127th Fighter Wing and the 191st Airlift Group. The flying units, the 171st Airlift Squadron which flies the C-130 Hercules, and the 107th Fighter Squadron which flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon, retained their designations. The 927th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve wing, is headquartered at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. The 927th ARW comes under 4th Air Force located at McClellan Air Force Base, California. The mission of the 927th ARW is to organize, equip and train to provide air refueling support to fighter, bomber and airlift aircraft under widely varying situations ranging from small movements in battle to large movements over long distances. The mission also encompasses the movement of cargo and support of aeromedical and special support operations.
STARBASE, an acronym for Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration, engages in activity-based science and math lessons. The program uses an aviation theme to allow local children to excel, regardless of their economic situation. STARBASE traces its roots to the Air National Guard's 127th Wing at Selfridge ANG Base, Mich., in 1991. The Department of Defense came on board in 1993.
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