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    127th Maintenance Squadron



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Samara Taylor 

    127th Wing Public Affairs

    SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE-----Now would be a good time if you ever thought about joining the military. The Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) has positions available, some of which include a sign-on bonus. A $20,000 sign-on bonus for a fully qualified applicant and a $15,000 bonus for a member electing to retrain into a bonus Air Force Specialty Code. The 127th Maintenance Squadron has an Aircraft Hydraulic Systems apprentice position, one among several AFSC, with a sign-on bonus for the fiscal year of 2022.

    The ANG will provide training in your career field of choice.

    Through valuable training, the hydraulic system specialist will become knowledgeable of mechanical systems on the aircraft. In addition, the trainee would repair, remove, replace, and maintain hydraulic systems, which are critical to the plane leaving the ground to conduct in-flight missions.

    Airman 1st Class Austin Bollinger, with the 127th Maintenance Squadron, hydraulics systems apprentice, is a traditional guardsman who serves once a month with his unit. The pay he earns by serving two days each month is four active duty days. Bollinger said he is fulfilled in his work as an apprentice. When he sees an A-10 Thunderbolt II take-off, Bollinger said he takes pride in his career, knowing that his efforts are a part of the mission to fly, fight and win.

    "To be successful in this position, one should have a mechanical aptitude and a willingness to learn," said Bollinger.

    Airmen will have the opportunity for advancement within their unit. Airmen have more responsibility, authority, and additional pay with a promotion.

    Tech. Sgt. Drew Reynolds, of the 127th Maintenance Squadron, hydraulic systems journeyman, has been in the military for 15 years and enjoys the benefits the military offers to him and his family. Reynolds has camaraderie within his unit. "Our shop is close-knit; we look out for each other," said Reynolds.

    For your part-time service, you can earn a military retirement. To be eligible for retirement, one must complete 20 years of satisfactory military service. All prior service counts towards retirement.

    Master Sgt. Jerry McCarthy, 127th Maintenance Squadron, hydraulic systems supervisor, has been with the unit for more than 30 years. "I have enjoyed the mission of what we do as a unit," McCarthy said. "We have worked well together as a team."

    If you would like more information on joining the Michigan Air National Guard, call recruiting at 586-239-5511. If you are a Michigan Air National Guard member and would like to retrain, contact the 127th Wing retention office at 1-586-239-4031; career information is also available at Information on the Air National Guard is available at and on the Air Force as a whole at



    Date Taken: 01.13.2022
    Date Posted: 01.14.2022 09:13
    Story ID: 412860
    Location: SANG, MI, US

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