127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base deployed to fight ISIS

Members of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base have been deployed to the Middle East to help in combat efforts to fight ISIS.

The deployment of A-10s will last six months. 

Representative Candice Miller released this statement about the news of the deployment:

"Today, Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard, announced that members of the 127th Wing based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, who operate the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft, have been deployed into theater in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to help in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This deployment is a true testament to the vital role our National Guard plays in national defense and to the effectiveness of the A-10 'Warthog' in combat, which is why I will continue to fight for the aircraft and stop shortsighted efforts to divest the fleet.  

"The brave airmen and women who serve in the 127th Wing have always answered the call to serve and defend this country and fight for the liberties and freedoms we hold dear. For their continued service to this nation and to their families, who share in the sacrifice, we are forever grateful, and we pray for their success and safety as they embark on this new mission."       

U.S. Senator Gary Peters also released this statement: 

"The brave men and women in the National Guard always stand ready to serve and defend our nation against those wishing to do us harm, and America's military is the strongest in the world thanks in no small part to the National Guard units in Michigan and across the country. I thank the 127th Wing for their commitment to protecting our freedom and their service to our nation, and I look forward to their success and safe return to Michigan. The deployment of these Airmen and the A-10 aircraft they operate and maintain demonstrates the effectiveness of the A-10 in the close air support mission and the importance of keeping these aircraft in service." 

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