LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the U.S. Air Force to station the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.
“Selfridge is the logical choice for the military’s new F-35 fighter,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “With over 100 years of experience flying and maintaining fighter aircraft, Selfridge has the infrastructure, institutional knowledge and other intangibles that I believe make it the ideal location to base this next generation stealth fighter.”
Selfridge is home to the 127th Wing, a highly respected warfighting unit that has most recently played an instrumental role in the global war on terror. The unit currently operates the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft.
The base is a source of community pride and jobs, Lucido said, with the local economic benefit worth more than $700 million to residents and businesses in surrounding cities and townships. In addition, the base is a key component of disaster response for the entire state and a vital base for our nation’s homeland security — F-16 fighters from Selfridge were among the first to respond to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“With the F-35 set to replace the A-10, Selfridge has the capability for a seamless transition,” Lucido said. “I strongly urge the Air Force to consider Selfridge for this strategically important role.”
To read Senate Resolution 91 in its entirety, please visit the Michigan Legislature website at http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?-SR-0091.
Photo caption: An Air Force F-35 Lightning II taxies for takeoff. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force/Marvin Lynchard)