Selfridge Air National Guard Base to conduct 'readiness drills'

Residents living near Selfridge may see signal flares as part of Airman drills Saturday

Published On: Oct 11 2012 04:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 13 2012 02:30:49 AM EDT
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

Officials at Selfridge Air National Guard Base want residents living near the base to know several readiness drills will be conducted on October 13.

The drills will include firing of several signal flares into the air over the base. 

Some of the flares may be visible in residential areas. 

Base officials say Airmen conduct a wide variety of training exercises throughout the year, to prepare for various contingencies. 

Training with signal flares simulate one possible scenario of how a downed air crew could signal their location to a rescue operation. 

The base is home to approximately 1,700 personnel and Airman from the 127th Wing, which fly both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker. 

The 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas.