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Approval to postpone changes to Air Guard units could mean reprieve for Selfridge

by Candice Miller on May 11, 2012

Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki

Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205110355

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee early Thursday unanimously approved a provision that would postpone for a year any changes in planes allocated to Air National Guard units.

The move could mean a reprieve for Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, which is to be downsized in the Air Force’s proposed budget.

The measure is expected to pass the full House, said U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, who proposed the amendment.

However, its fate is less certain in the Senate — where Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who chairs the Armed Services Committee, issued a statement saying he was pleased by the House panel’s vote. “I look forward to addressing this issue later this month,” Levin said.

The Air Force plan calls for 24 A10s to be cut from Selfridge — meaning a loss of 600-700 jobs — and adding four KC135 air refueling tankers, bringing 70 jobs. The plan also would cut 110 jobs from Battle Creek.

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