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Michigan ANG firefighters aid county departments with live-fire training resources
April 13, 2022
— ALPENA, Michigan – Firefighters from Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center have spent dozens of off-duty hours this winter building live-fire training props to aid 12 county fire departments. A demonstration April 7th showcased how these small-scale buildings help ensure first responders are prepared to employ many important fire protection strategies...
Michigan National Guard holds Northern Exposure training exercise
April 13, 2022
— “Northern Exposure is an annual exercise designed to train Michigan National Guard Soldiers in domestic response operations while enhancing interagency and intergovernmental partnerships,” said Col. Robert Frazer, director of training and exercises, Michigan National Guard. “This year’s training event is in collaboration with the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division’s annual exercise and includes a variety of situational training exercises and tabletop events.”...
Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers Slated for Middle East Deployment
April 8, 2022
— LANSING, Mich. — An important part of any deployment is ensuring that family can join with their loved ones who are preparing to head overseas for a proper send-off and recognition. On April 2, approximately 350 Soldiers assigned to the Michigan Army National Guard 156th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), based in Howell, gathered with their families and invited guests at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and at Howell High School as they prepared to depart for their deployment to the Middle East...
Michigan CSM set to retire as Fort Custer Training Center receives new enlisted leader
April 5, 2022
— “CSM Gregory set the example and exceeded standards and expectations diligently while continually demonstrating capacity for being effective and efficient in directing activities of others and ensuring higher quality results,” said Army Lt. Col. Jennifer L. McLean-Ellis, garrison commander at Fort Custer Training Center. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be missed and his focus on readiness and accountability of the enlisted force here.”...
Artist, Mechanic, Pilot
April 1, 2022
— Staff Sgt. Stephen Foster had always dreamed of becoming a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. However, as a boy, he learned he would need to wear glasses to improve his vision. He thought that his dreams of flying an aircraft and serving his nation were over. However, through the opportunities provided by the Michigan National Guard and his artistic talents, Foster's dreams have still managed to take off...
Michigan National Guard enhances cyber warfare training during Cyber Strike
March 29, 2022
— GRAYLING, Mich.—The National All Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC) hosted its first ever Cyber-Strike event for industry, law enforcement, and the Michigan National Guard at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center to gain a better unified response to a cyber-attack. The event helped bring together all these stakeholders to address the potential threat of malware attacks which could include ransomware, computer viruses, spyware, and Trojan horses. “This is the inaugural event and it’s very exciting looking out at all the fighters present here today,” said Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as he addressed the attendees. “Your skillset is critical for our economy, national defense, societal functions, and absolutely critical for everything cyber-teams do and this investment and your participation is so important to us,” he said...
Common Goals Strengthen Trilateral Relationship Between MING, Latvia and Liberia
March 29, 2022
— The SPP is unique in that it links a state's National Guard with the military forces of a partner country in a mutually beneficial military relationship. As a result, Michigan has hosted a variety of Latvian and Liberian servicemembers, from generals to infantrymen, at key leader engagements (KLEs) as well as live fire exercises during training events such as Northern Strike, held annually at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC) in Northern Michigan. Until recently, the partnership was mostly MING/Latvia and MING/Liberia. However, military leadership from all three entities met last year in Michigan to discuss the benefits of increasing interoperability and mutual support between Liberia and Latvia as well. The three SPP partners conducted a KLE in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 4-13, 2022, to further strengthen the relationship...
Certified Nurse Assistant program a life-changing experience for Michigan Airman
March 14, 2022
— Since 2002, McPherson’s journey in uniform has taken her into three different Air Force career fields, each with a unique perspective and technical skillset. Even after a ten-year break in service, McPherson chose to re-join the armed forces because she missed the comradery and purpose it gave her. Currently, she serves as an Aircrew Flight Equipment specialist at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County. She says her military service is key to gathering a palette of skills she can eventually draw from to do as much good as she can...
Task Force 46 Leads Cyber Impact 2022 Exercise
March 7, 2022
— U.S. Army Task Force 46, commanded by Maj. Gen. Pablo Estrada, is a national response force supporting civilian responders to manage catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents, hosts a cyber-attack effects exercise in Buffalo March 8-10, 2022. Exercise Cyber Impact 22 features leaders from 12 Army National Guard and other military units from across the country working subordinate to the 46th Military Police Command (MPC) to build relationships and develop mutually supportive plans and processes with local, state, federal, private sector, academic and Canadian partners. ...
MATES provides critical maintenance for units visiting NADWC
February 4, 2022
— One of the many things that makes northern Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC) so attractive to visiting units is the state-of-the-art facility and team of knowledgeable, dedicated maintenance staff at the Maneuver and Training Equipment Site (MATES). Located at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, the site regularly supports a variety of units visiting during exercises or on drill weekends...