Peters Statement on Return of 127th Wing to Selfridge After Supporting Mission to Combat ISIS

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the safe return of approximately 500 Airmen from the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to eliminate ISIS:

“I join the entire state of Michigan in welcoming home the brave men and women of the 127th Wing and thank them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation. Our National Guardsmen stand ready to answer the call of duty at any moment, and for over six months, the Airmen of the 127th Wing have worked to protect America and our allies from those intent on doing us harm.

“Supporting more than 1,600 sorties and logging more than 11,000 hours of combat flight time, these Airmen - and the A-10 aircraft they operate and maintain – have played a critical role in the mission to eliminate ISIS, further proof of the A-10’s effectiveness and the need to maintain it.

“While the Airmen of the 127th Wing have made great sacrifices in defense of our nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to their families, who have endured months away from their loved ones. The parents, spouses and children of America’s servicemembers are heroes who do not get thanked enough, and it is their steadfast support that helps keep our military strong.”