Selfridge Air National Guard en 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning <p>If Congress has its way, it looks like the country’s fleet of A-10 warplanes <a href="">will keep on flying for at least for another year</a>.</p><p>The Obama Administration has repeatedly tried to retire the A-10 “Warthog,” an aircraft with origins in the Cold War era. The Defense Department says it’s now obsolete.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17749 at 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning Will defense cuts kill Michigan's 'Warthogs'? <p>Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel unveiled his latest budget proposal. And it is clear that as the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, the Obama administration's priority is now reducing military size and spending.</p><p>Secretary Hagel <a href="">declared</a> that budget reductions cut “so deep, so quickly, that we cannot shrink the size of our military fast enough.”</p><p>For instance, the active-duty Army would shrink to its smallest level since just before the U.S. entered World War II. There would be base closings, troop cuts, trimmed salary increases, and the complete elimination of several Air Force aircraft fleets.</p><p>That includes the A-10, an aircraft that dates back to the Cold War.</p><p>The A-10, also known as "The Warthog," was designed to take out Soviet tanks.</p><p>Twenty-four of America's 300 Warthogs are at Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Mt Clemens in Macomb County. Eliminating that fleet would be a gut punch to Selfridge.</p><p>Here to explain is Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief David Shepardson.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:28:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 16622 at Will defense cuts kill Michigan's 'Warthogs'? Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan <p>Michigan may stand to gain and lose in the proposed U.S. Department of Defense budget plans.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan <a href="">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel</a> laid out yesterday cuts spending on what’s seen as old Cold War hardware and spends more money on "21st&nbsp;century weapons".</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16586 at Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan Concerns remain over Air National Guard cuts <p align="LEFT"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN">Concerns remain over what the Obama administration&#39;s proposed budget could mean for the Selfridge Air National Guard base in Macomb County.</span></span></p><p align="LEFT"><span lang="EN">Rep.&nbsp;Candice Miller (R-Shelby Twp.) says she&#39;s far from satisfied with the Obama administration&#39;s latest proposal to mitigate cuts to the Air National Guard. <span lang="EN">Miller&#39;s&nbsp;</span></span><span lang="EN">district includes the Selfridge&nbsp;base. Selfridge stood to lose hundreds of jobs under the Pentagon&#39;s original budget proposal for next year.</span><span lang="EN"> </span></p><p align="LEFT"><span lang="EN">After pressure from Congress and governors, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has come out with a proposal that would keep more C-130 aircraft in the National Guard. Panetta says that would restore 2,200&nbsp;Air Guard jobs across the United States.</span><span lang="EN"> </span></p><p align="LEFT"><span lang="EN">Miller calls the plan &quot;a slap in the face.&quot;</span></p><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">&quot;Certainly I think the men and women of the Air&nbsp;National&nbsp;Guard deserve better than to be given more than old airplanes and temporary jobs,&quot; Miller said.</font></p><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">Selfridge no longer has C-130s. But it did before a 2005 base realignment.&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;Sander&nbsp;Levin(D-Royal Oak)&nbsp;&nbsp;says the development is promising, and that he&#39;ll push for basing some of the aircraft at Selfridge again. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:46:23 +0000 Sarah Hulett 7206 at Concerns remain over Air National Guard cuts Michigan Air National Guard Bases may not be losing jobs <p>HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says he&#39;s hopeful that a Pentagon decision to add 24 C-130 air transport planes will offset sharp job cuts planned at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.<br /><br /> Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recommended Tuesday that the military budget the Air National Guard planes and the 2,200 personnel needed to support them.<br /><br /> Levin says the announcement &quot;is a positive step in the battle for equitable treatment of the guard.&quot; The Royal Oak Democrat says he&#39;ll press to see that the C-130s are based at Selfridge, 20 miles northeast of Detroit in Macomb County&#39;s Harrison Township.<br /><br /> The Obama administration budget for fiscal year 2013 now calls for cutting a net 450 part-time and 200 full-time jobs at Selfridge with the relocation of two-dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II air-to-ground attack aircraft. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:12:56 +0000 The Associated Press 7189 at Michigan Air National Guard Bases may not be losing jobs Senator Levin has “tough questions” on proposed air guard cuts <p>Michigan&rsquo;s 15 members of congress are questioning proposed cuts that affect the state&rsquo;s air national guard bases. They sent letters to both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees Monday. The congressional delegation joined Governor Rick Snyder, who questioned Secretary of Defense Leon Penetta about the cuts (along with other governors) in a letter last week.</p><p>The cuts would eliminate more than 600 positions; although most are part-time jobs with the Michigan Air National Guard. The two bases affected are in Battle Creek and near Mt. Clemens.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:41:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6607 at Senator Levin has “tough questions” on proposed air guard cuts Pentagon plan will cut deep into the Michigan Air National Guard <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">A Pentagon report says planned Air National Guard cuts would eliminate about 850 jobs at Michigan&#39;s Selfridge and Kellogg bases, drawing criticism from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin and others from the state&#39;s congressional delegation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The Detroit News quotes an Air Force report saying Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County&#39;s Harrison Township would lose 724 jobs with the relocation A-10 fighters.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">It says Kellogg Air Guard Station in Battle Creek would lose a net 122 jobs.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Democrat Levin says he&#39;s asked the military to give him &quot;the methodology and justification for these plans.&quot; He says he&#39;ll question the Air Force secretary and chief of staff in committee March 20.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Harrison Township Republican Rep. Candice Miller calls the cuts &quot;a step in the wrong direction.&quot;</span> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 02:53:47 +0000 The Associated Press 6529 at Pentagon plan will cut deep into the Michigan Air National Guard Michigan National Guard leader warns against cuts <p>The general who runs Michigan&rsquo;s Army and Air National Guard is <a href="">warning about what he calls ill-advised cuts</a>.</p><p>The Air Force wants to retire 286 aircraft over the next five years to accommodate a new national defense strategy and shrinking budget.</p><p>Major General Gregory Vadnais told reservists at the Battle Creek and Selfridge Air National Guard bases Friday that those bases would lose 673 positions because of proposed Air Force budget cuts.</p> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:44:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6275 at Michigan National Guard leader warns against cuts Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending <p><a href="">The budget President Obama delivers to Congress this week</a> will spend about 8 billion dollars less on&nbsp;the&nbsp;Defense Department.&nbsp; That&#39;s&nbsp;going to directly affect two Michigan Air National Guard Bases.</p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6188 at Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending 300 Michigan guard members prepare for Afghanistan <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>About 300 members of the Michigan Air National Guard are expected to report to active duty this month for deployment to Afghanistan.</p><p>Selfridge Air National Guard Base announced today that the group of its 127th Wing Airmen will include pilots, crew, maintenance technicians and support personnel. They&#39;re expected to <a class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" href="" id="itxthook0" rel="nofollow" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;"><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;">serve</span></a> 4- to 6-month tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.</p><p>They will be part of a unit flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The unit had been scheduled for deployment in spring 2012, but the timetable was moved up.</p><p>So far this year, more than 200 military members from the base in Harrison Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit, have been deployed. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 11:39:52 +0000 The Associated Press 4086 at Feds probe wing walker death at Michigan air show <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are at Selfridge Air National Guard base in southeastern Michigan investigating the death of stunt wing walker who fell to his death at an air show.</p><p>The FAA says Monday that the agency can&#39;t release any details yet surrounding the death of Todd Green.</p><p>The experienced stunt man fell 200 feet to the ground Sunday afternoon while trying to move from a Stearman plane to a helicopter.</p><p>Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton says Green hit the ground about 1,500 feet from the crowd line. An estimated 75,000 spectators were on hand for the show.</p><p>The air show at the base in Harrison Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit, began Friday and ended Sunday. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:52:32 +0000 The Associated Press 3853 at