Secretary of State Benson tours Selfridge Air National Guard Base as one of first official acts

JANUARY 7, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visits Selfridge

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visited Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township on Thursday, Jan. 3, as one of her first official acts in office, underscoring her plans to provide better service to our nation’s military.

“I was honored to spend the morning of my second day in office visiting our service members at Selfridge,” Benson said. “Our conversations with military officials and personnel are very helpful as we plan to improve our systems to better serve them.”

In her inaugural address on New Year’s Day, Benson said she stands ready to help ensure government works “to serve and protect our military service members, families and veterans just as they have worked to serve and protect all of us.”

Benson toured the base with Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, the adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard; Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard; Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge; and her husband, Sgt. Ryan Friedrichs, a veteran who served in Afghanistan with the 173rd Air Brigade.

“We appreciate Secretary Benson taking time out of her busy schedule to visit and tour Michigan’s Hometown Air Force,” Slocum said. “It’s always great to showcase our Michigan hometown heroes and heroines and the fantastic work they do selflessly serving our state and nation.”

PHOTO: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson toured Selfridge Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 3, as one of her first official acts in office. Pictured (l to r): Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard; Secretary Benson and her husband, Sgt. Ryan Friedrichs; Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general; and Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge ANG Base. (photo by Munnaf Jourder, U.S. Air National Guard, 127th Wing Public Affairs)

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