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House votes Thursday on future of Selfridge A-10 jets

by Candice Miller on December 5, 2014

By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2014/12/04/aircraft-selfridge-us-house/19886079/

The U.S. House of Representatives is to vote Thursday on legislation that includes a provision to preserve A-10 aircraft used by the National Guard, including the fleet at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, said in a statement Wednesday that she is glad the proposed act protects the mission flown by the 127th Wing at Selfridge, but is disappointed the final bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators allows up to 36 active duty A-10s to be placed into backup status.

She said that is a “much weaker protection” than what the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee passed earlier this year.

“The message sent by a bipartisan group of 300 members of the House who voted in favor of my amendment to protect the A-10 mission was clear, and the Air Force must recognize that, unless and until a follow on mission is identified that can perform the mission of supporting our troops on the ground as well as the A-10, their efforts to retire this outstanding weapons system will be resisted in Congress,” Miller said in the statement.

The vote on the National Defense Authorization Act is for fiscal year 2015.

Selfridge is important to Macomb County’s economy because it has an annual impact of $825 million, County Executive Mark Hackel said during his state of the county address Wednesday.

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