He stood with Ronald Reagan.
He was an early supporter of Donald Trump.
Though he retired from military service in May 2019, General Slocum again heard the call to serve. Slocum knew he had more to give, and with the radical policies being pushed in Washington today, it was his time to stand up for conservative principles and bring the leadership to Congress which he exemplified the past 35 years.
Leadership. Service. For God and Country.
These were the values instilled in General Doug Slocum at an early age and the ethos he carried while serving our country for 35 years, including the last five commanding the 127th Wing as well as Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County. Since he was a young child Slocum had dreams of flying, watching his father serve as a Pilot in the United States Air Force. Those dreams were realized when Slocum was commissioned into the Air Force earning his wings as a fighter pilot and rising to the rank of Brigadier General.
A graduate of East Carolina University where he received his commission into the Air Force in 1984, Slocum’s career has taken him all over the country and all over the world. As a career fighter pilot, Slocum, also known as his call sign “Odie”, logged over 4,100 flying hours in the F-4 Phantom, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the A-10 Warthog, and the KC-135 Stratotanker.
An influential voice in protecting our men and women in uniform, General Slocum is credited with leading the four safest years to date in the Air National Guard’s history and writing the safety curriculum used by over 40,000 Airmen.
Slocum personally created an innovative program that addressed human error in aircraft maintenance which became the Air Force standard nationwide, resulting in a two-year 76% decrease in preventable mishaps and saving lives as well as an estimated more than $78 million. He also championed programs for suicide prevention, fatigue management, driving safety, midair collision avoidance, and flight safety. As a result of his safety innovations, General Slocum was inducted into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 2014, General Slocum assumed command of the 127th Wing, Michigan’s Hometown Air Force, and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Selfridge is the home to 4,500 Active, Guard, and Reserve military and civilian personnel. Under General Slocum’s command, the 127th Wing was recognized as the best ANG flying organization in 2o16 with the Spaatz Trophy and the top fighter unit in 2017 with the Wilson Trophy. The 127th Wing also received the Meritorious Unit Award for “outstanding devotion and exceptional performance” and was recognized as the most efficient KC-135 tanker unit in the United States Air Force.
With an annual estimated economic impact of $825 million, Selfridge Air National Guard Base is a pillar of Macomb County employing thousands. As its Commanding General, Slocum was recognized for his leadership and his involvement in the local community. In 2017, General Slocum had the honor of being inducted into the Macomb County Hall of Fame and was awarded the Macomb County Economic Development Partner of the Year in 2018.
Retiring from military service and command of Selfridge in May of 2019, 35 years to the day of first being sworn into the U.S. Air Force, General Slocum continues to be active in Macomb County. He serves on the boards of the Fisher House of Michigan, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and Women in Defense (WID), is a member of the Selfridge Base Community Council and the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, and was recently named a trustee for Walsh College. He lives in Macomb Township with his wife and teenage daughter.
General Slocum took a vow to uphold and defend the Constitution as well as to bear true faith and allegiance to this country. He will never un-take that oath. Slocum loves this country and what it stands for; he loves Michigan and its unbridled opportunity. He considers it one of the greatest honors of his life to have the privilege and opportunity to serve in uniform. Slocum may have retired from the military, but his service is not yet done.
He is running for Congress to continue the fight and to serve the community he proudly calls home.