Rep. Miller Celebrates Completed Selfridge Munitions Maintenance Facilities

Mar 22, 2013
Pictured: Lt. Col. David Spehar, 127th Maintenance Squadron commander, Col. Michael Thomas, 127th Wing commander, Representative Candice Miller, and Lt. Col. Rolf Mammen, 127th Maintenance Group commander
Rep. Miller Celebrates Completed Selfridge Munitions Maintenance Facilities

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today joined with the 127th Maintenance Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base to celebrate its new munitions facilities complex with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“I am proud to celebrate the grand opening of another facility to help prepare Selfridge for the future.  I have had the honor throughout my career in public service, in every office I have served, to represent the interests of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  I have always taken this responsibility seriously because I have seen up close the honor, the bravery, the commitment to our great nation, and the dedication to duty of those who serve here as members of Team Selfridge,” Miller said.  “We all know there have been threats to the future of this base over the years and it’s taken our working together for not only keeping the flying missions here and the base open, but also these continuous base improvements as the nation invests in the important work at Selfridge.”

“These new munitions facilities are truly state of the art.  All three are equipped with state of the art green energy systems for heating, water and electricity.  The improved munitions storage area is equipped for any type of aircraft configuration for current or future aircraft.  And this facility will not only serve our military assets here at the base, but also other regional branches of federal agencies such as the FBI, DHS, ATF, Customs and Border Protection, and local police departments.  So this facility is another great example of the team approach we use at Selfridge and will provide this base with an even greater ability to serve that broad based team,” Miller concluded.

The Maintenance Group is the largest group of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing with approximately 550 Airmen and provides mission-capable A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, properly configured to meet the wing's fighter mission. The 127th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) Munitions unit, commonly known as Ammo, is responsible for providing the variety of munitions the A-10 can be loaded with for employment.

The new $8.5 million ammunitions facility was designed by Atkins Architectural Assoc., Hanson Professional Services, and built by Butcher & Butcher Construction.  The project is a product of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission's decision to convert the 127th Wing from F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the A-10. The conversion more than doubled the munitions manning required to support the new mission.