Save Selfridge Save our Community

by Jaime Greene on April 19, 2012

Save Selfridge!

April 2, 2012 – Please read the minutes for more detailed information.  All issues brought to Council passed unanimously.

Here are the links to the original Agenda & (unofficial) Minutes:

4-2-2012 Agenda

4-2-2012 Minutes

 

Greetings Richmond.  This was an exciting meeting.  We passed a Resolution that I proposed, a Resolution opposing the proposed cuts to the Michigan Air National Guard.  I thank the Mayor for putting the Resolution on the Agenda and the rest of the Council for passing it unanimously.  I have copied and pasted the Resolution at the end of this post.  If you would like a hard copy please let me know.

 

Why is this so important to me?  I have two neighbors on my street that would lose their job if this base is closed.  Some folks might say no biggie everyone is losing their job, and yes that is true however, why not try to save them. We all have to join in together and be the Voice for our family, friends, and neighbors.  I am taking action to save jobs.   When I was campaigning I made Richmond Residents and Businesses a promise, to fight for them.  This is part of that battle!  Please read our Resolution, share and educate others of the importance of civic involvement.  I urge you to please contact Senators Levin and Stabenow!  So whatcha gonna do?

 

IN ADDITION, the closure of this base will actually cost the government money.  Here is an excerpt from Representative Candice Miller’s webpage on why it is so important not only to our community but to our country.

 

“No one can dispute the vital role the Selfridge Air National Guard Base has played in war and peace. But the battle it faces today is not about defense. It’s about dollars and cents. The federal government is spending beyond its means, and Washington is trying to cut costs. The Obama administration hopes to see $500 billion slashed from the defense budget in the next 10 years, and Selfridge would take a considerable hit.

The plan would remove all 24 A-10 Thunderbolt close air support jets of the 107th Fighter Squadron from the Harrison Township base. In exchange, Selfridge would receive four more KC-135 aerial refueling planes to the eight it has. The base and Michigan would suffer. The 107th Fighter Squadron’s loss could cost Macomb and St. Clair counties’ businesses about $25 million a year, according to St. Clair County officials. It also could cost affect 154 airmen who live in the county.

It is no wonder the Michigan congressional delegation, Gov. Rick Snyder and government and business leaders in Macomb and St. Clair counties are united against this proposal and the hundreds of jobs that could be lost. U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, spoke to the severity of the administration’s cuts to the Air National Guard. “If budgetary savings are the goal, then it makes little sense that the majority of cuts come from the most cost-effective part of the Air Force — the Air National Guard,” Miller said.

“The Air National Guard currently delivers 35% of our air capability while only accounting for 6% of the budget.”

The proposed cuts to Selfridge seem to ignore the 107th Fighter Squadron’s role as a critical defense asset, and they could undermine the base’s future. The squadron’s loss might set the stage for Selfridge’s closure. No one can fault the Obama administration for taking steps to reduce the cost of the federal government. The failure of Congress to come up with a budget reduction plan leaves the White House no choice.

Defense cuts must be part of that effort — and they will be painful. But they also must be effective. Michigan’s congressional delegation understands the cuts to Selfridge and the W. K. Kellogg base in Battle Creek are excessive. They should be reconsidered. Southeastern Michigan depends on Selfridge. The base is too important to the region and the state to be downsized this severely. Michigan’s delegation must fight for Selfridge’s future.”

 

 


Resolution 2012-6

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE PROPOSED CUTS TO THE MICHIGAN AIR NATIONAL GUARD

WHEREAS, the average Air National Guard base operates on a $4.8 million budget while the average Air Force base operates on a $50 million budget; and;

 

WHEREAS, the Air National Guard runs an efficient business role model and supplies superior air defense in the most economic method; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposed cut of 557 Air National Guard Personnel from Selfridge is an unbalanced cut to the most efficient arm of our Nation’s air defense; and

 

WHEREAS, there are a great number of City of Richmond residents that are employed at the Selfridge Air National Guard base and these cuts will be detrimental to the citizens of the City of Richmond and its economy;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Richmond City Council does hereby urge the U.S. Congress and our representatives to oppose these cuts and encourage the Department of Defense to reconsider the valuable and cost-effective contribution that the Air National Guard makes to our national defense.

 

THIS RESOLUTION WAS DULY ADOPTED BY THE RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL AT ITS REGULAR MEETING HELD ON APRIL 2,2012.

Yours in Service,

Jaime Elizabeth Greene

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Arianne Peterson May 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

The federal government has hundreds of cuts to make without taking a stab at our defense of our nation. Michigan of all states has suffered enough loss with our automakers. Let’s fight for the jobs we have and a cost effective run operation at that. Thank you Council woman Jaime Greene for coming to the defense of those defending our freedoms. May God bless the Selfridge air base!

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