Rep. Lucido sponsors resolution to secure Selfridge as defense industry leader

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State Rep. Pete Lucido of Shelby Township delivered testimony today before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on a resolution he introduced to encourage the U.S. Air Force to station the F-35 Lightning II at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County.

“Stationing the F-35 at Selfridge will guarantee that our local base continues to be a vital part of our nation’s defense strategy and Macomb County’s economy,” Rep. Lucido said.

The F-35 is a fifth-generation, state of the art fighter aircraft. It is the newest aircraft being built for the U.S. Air Force and replaces the A-10 Warthog, which is being retired. Selfridge is one of two bases being considered to house the new aircraft.

The updated aircraft includes stealth technology, sensor fusion and advanced communication capabilities.

Proponents of the resolution say the F-35 would tie many of Michigan’s military defense systems together and ensure a robust defense industry in the state for the next three decades.

“I’d like to see the U.S. Air Force make Macomb home for the F-35,” Lucido said.

This year marks 100 years that Selfridge has been a continually operating military airfield. The base creates $700 million in economic equity for the Macomb area each year.

The resolution passed through the House committee and then adopted on the House floor later in the day.

People with questions about this legislation may direct questions to Rep. Lucido at PeteLucido@house.mi.gov.

Rep. Lucido (left) testifies before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee along with Steve Kozera, Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.