HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) – The Michigan Air National Guard says that 350 service members and 12 ground-support jets are on duty in Asia as part of the international military campaign against the Islamic State.
Officials say the deployment happened earlier this month. They announced it Tuesday at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County’s Harrison Township, near Mount Clemens.
The airmen and A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” are from the 107th Fighter Squadron, 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 127th Maintenance Squadron and 127th Operations Support Squadron, as well as a few other units.
The Guard didn’t give the exact location of the deployment in Southwest Asia but says the units are engaged in “daily missions” against the Islamic State group.
Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum says the deployment will last about six months.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters released a statement Tuesday, “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,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (d), Michigan.