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We Make Leaders – Serve our Community and Nation – Develop Citizens of Character

Welcome and thank you for visiting our squadron’s website. We are the 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron, we participate in search and rescues missions around Michigan, and have a growing officer and cadet population. Along with weekly meetings and Search and Rescue events the squadron has engaged in a number of community service projects including the Lake St. Clair Clean-up, Selfridge ANGB Air Show, St. Clair County Fair and Romeo Peach Festival, and Goodells Fair to name a few.

The squadron is located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan. The host organization is the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, but a variety of Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army reservists and National Guardsmen along with Department of Homeland Security use the facility as well. The airfield was named for Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge, the first U.S. military officer to die in an aviation accident while flying with Orville Wright at Fort Myer, Virginia on 17 September 1908.

Selfridge is known as the “Home of Generals” because so many commissioned officers either assigned or being trained at Selfridge were promoted to general. Some of the most notable generals being Curtiss E. LeMay, Earle E. Partridge, Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, Joseph Cannon, Emmett “Rosie” O’Donnell, and James H. Doolittle. General Curtis E. LeMay, the most famous Commander of the Strategic Air Command and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, then Lieutenant LeMay, was once fined $50 for flying through Hangar #6 at Selfridge in his bi-wing pursuit plane.

Today, Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the busiest, most diverse military installations in the United States. Selfridge takes pride in being the only Reserve Components Base to have permanently assigned units from all uniformed services, and is the largest ANG Base in the USAF. It is a unique opportunity for our squadron to be based on and operate from such a historical installation.

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