Major cuts proposed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base

Leaders to hold news conference Friday

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - More than 600 families could be affected by proposed cuts at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The Air Force aims to cut $8 billion from its budget. Bases across the country will be affected including the Selfridge base in Harrison Township.

Under the plan, the Air Force would remove all 21 of its A10 fighters from Selfridge, affecting about 650 people who work with the jets.

A few refueling aircraft would be transferred to the base, but it's unclear how many support positions the move would create.

Leaders at Selfridge are holding a news conference Friday to talk about how the proposed cuts would affect operations and personnel at the base.

"I will not rest until Washington understands the reality of what is being proposed," said Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, the adjutant general of Michigan.

The budget cuts still need to be approved through the appropriations process.

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