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Selfridge National Guard Base’s 127th Wing receives award for meritorious service

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The skills, talent and commitment of the 127th Operations Group, 127th Wing at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base have been recognized with several awards.

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) awarded them the National Guard 2017 Winston P. Wilson Trophy for exceptionally meritorious service during the 2016 calendar year. They also recently received Spaatz Trophy and the Meritorious Unit Award in 2016.

“I keep saying that our Citizen-Airmen, the men and women of the 127th Wing, are what make us so great,” said Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commanding officer of the 127th Wing. “Receiving these awards in back-to-back succession is evidence of the phenomenal people we have here.”

Two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrafts of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Michigan, conduct flight operations over Latvia, during the NATO exercise Saber Strike on June 21, 2016. The Michigan National Guard is part of a Department of Defense sponsored State Partnership Program between Michigan and the Latvian government, which began in 1993.  Photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

Two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrafts of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Michigan, conduct flight operations over Latvia, during the NATO exercise Saber Strike on June 21, 2016. The Michigan National Guard is part of a Department of Defense sponsored State Partnership Program between Michigan and the Latvian government, which began in 1993.
Photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

The 127th received the trophy for leadership for their close-air support evolution, successful air-to-ground training and for their combat search-and-rescue expertise during Exercise Saber Strike 2016.

“The singularly distinctive accomplishments of the 127th Operations Group reflect great credit upon themselves, the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force,” reads the award citation.

The trophy has a hefty weight from just its name. Winston P. Wilson was a major general who served as chief of the National Guard Bureau from 1963 to 1971. During that time he became known as the architect of the modern Ready Reserve, ensuring readiness of National Guard units to swiftly join regular forces during times of conflict.

NGAUS is the oldest military association that works on behalf of men and women serving in the National Guard. Its awards program recognizes outstanding service members, in addition to individuals and organizations outside the Guard. The trophy will be presented during NGAUS’ 139th General Conference & Exhibition in September.

There is often a lot of talk about support for the armed forces, but the National Guard is often forgotten, despite its constant service. We are so glad they are being recognized and we thank them for their service.

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