700 Selfridge Jobs to Be Cut

Air Guard Slated to Lose A-10s

By Dave Leval

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    Staff Sgt. Andrea Hines, a member of the 127th Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., is interviewed by reporter Dave Leval of Detroit area TV station Channel 20, May 8, 2013. Leval and about 30 members of the Detroit area media corps spent the morning at Selfridge, learning about the missions of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Customs & Border Protection units that are assigned to the base, as well as the capabilities of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which Hines supports, and the KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to Selfridge and operated by the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Angela Pope)

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May 8, 2012

HARRISON TWP, MI (My TV20 News News at 10) --- They are the faces of those who help defend our country.

Now, the airmen at Selfridge Air National Guard Base are finding themselves defender of their jobs. It's an uphil battle.

The Air Force says it will eliminate the aging A-10 Warthogs, meaning a loss of about a third of the base's total personnel. The Air Force is forced to make the reductions as part of the Pentagon's tighter budget. Similar cuts are planned at A-10 Air Guard units in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

My TV 20's Dave Leval has the story.

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