> > keep in mind that you are also talking about an ANG base...they don't work
> > often, and their planes are most likely deployed anyway
> That has changed drastically since 9/11! They built all new runways,
> refurbished buildings, and facilities. Selfridge has become very active!
> There are planes, fighter jets, and helicopters flying in, and out of there
> 24/7. Numerous troups have been flown out of Selfridge, with IRAQ as their
> final destination. They also send tons of supplies out of Selfridge.
Even before 9/11, there has been a marked increase in the USAF's
dependency on Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve components to
fulfill various aspects of the USAF mission. For example, ALL of the
KC-135 and KC-10 tanker missions have been handed over to ANG/AFRes
units. (I have a buddy in the ANG who works on the tankers, so the info
comes from a good source.) When I was in the Calif. ANG working at Van
Nuys (before they moved to Pt. Mugu), we had flight missions going seven
days a week, not just one weekend a month, and that was back in 1986,
when the USAF wasn't nearly as dependent on the Reserve component for
fulfilling its commitments.
Steve Silverwood, KB6OJS
Fountain Valley, CA