The Base is named after Lt. Thomas Etholen Selfridge, killed September 17, 1908, in an aircraft crash while flying with Orville Wright at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Lt. Selfridge was the first military officer to pilot an engine-driven aircraft and first to meet his death in powered flight.
Capt. Byron Q. Jones, Selfridge's first Base Commander, made the first flight from Selfridge in a Curtiss JN4-D biplane on July 8, 1917, seven days after the field was activated as a military installation. On July 16, 1917, three months after World War I had started, actual pilot training began at Selfridge.
The world-renowned 1st Pursuit Group, which produced such famous people at Capt. Eddie Richenbacker of World War I aerial combat fame, was reorganized at Selfridge upon its return from France in 1919.
The type of men comprising the Selfridge command is best described by naming them: Curtiss LeMay, Earle E. Partridge, Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, Joseph Cannon, Emmett "Rosie" O'Donnell, and Jamed H. Doolittle.
The U.S. Army had only leased the 640 acres of land on which Selfridge was situated. The government finally bought the land for $190,000 from Henry B. Joy and the base became a permanent installation in 1922.
During World War II, Selfridge was expanded to five times its original size. The Base now covers 3,600 acres.
In 1947, Selfridge Field became Selfridge Air Force Base as the Air Force became a seperate service.
On July 1, 1971, Selfridge Air Force Base, one of the nation's oldest and most historic military installations, was transferred to the Michigan Air National Guard. A Change of Command Ceremony took place June 30, 1971, when Colonel Kenneth I. Gunnarson, Commander of the 4708th Air Base Group, Aerospace Defense Command, turned the command of the Base over to the Michigan Air National Guard. Lt. Col. Rudolph D. Bartholomew became the Guard's first Commander of a Base this size.
Today, Selfridge Air National Guard Base is the home of many diversified units, including both active and reserve representatives of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. 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.
phone numbers: Commercial (586)307-5011 or
address: Selfridge Air National Guard Base,
More than 1,000 full-time personnel, 2,000 family
family housing units; 160 unaccompanied personnel spaces
lodging: Two guest houses; 72 visitor
Support Center: (586)307-5991
Care: One center; approved home care
care: Clinic. Appointments
(586)307-4022; benefits (800)493-1613; Tricare
(800)941-4501; also see Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Selfridge Air National Guard Base - Mount Clemens, MI
large size commissary - ()586-307,4286
a small exchange, and one shoppette (586)465-0960. Recreation at Selfridge Air National Guard Base - Mount Clemens, MI
includes arts and crafts, bowling, auto hobby, recreation
center, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities,
camping, and fishing.