12.21.17

Peters Statement on Selfridge Maintaining A-10 Mission

Decision Shows Air Force’s Continued Commitment to the A-10

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Gary Peters today issued the following statement on the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announcement that Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township will continue to host its A-10 fighter mission. The USAF decision to convert two F-16 units demonstrates a continued commitment to the A-10 aircraft and its role in the U.S. military’s current conflicts.

“The men and women of the 127th Wing have gone over and beyond in demonstrating their skill and utility on the battlefield, earning recognition as the top National Guard flying unit in the nation,” said Senator Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Today’s decision marks the Air Force’s continued commitment to the A-10 and Selfridge, which will continue hosting this extremely important platform. Selfridge is a strong contender for future conversion to the F-35, and I will continue working to ensure the base maintains a fighter mission for years to come.”

In 2015, approximately 500 Airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base completed a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to eliminate ISIS. During that deployment, the 127th Wing supported more than 1,600 sorties and logged more than 11,000 hours of combat flight time.