Published on Jul 20, 2015
LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) –
Michigan National Guard is in training mode for the month of July.
Aircraft from more than a dozen military units will be operating in northern Michigan over the next several weeks as part of a major training exercise involving military personnel from Canada, Latvia, Poland, Australia and 20 states’ military forces. Northern Strike is unique in that it combines both air and ground combat capabilities in one training exercise.
“Northern Strike allows us to train the way we fight,” said the exercise director, Michigan Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Trumble. “When we deploy to a combat theater, ground and air assets work closely together to accomplish their objectives. This exercise simulates operations in a counter insurgency environment, similar to situations the U.S. military has been involved with over the past several years.”
More than 3,000 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines will participate in the fourth annual Northern Strike exercise, based primarily at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. Live fire exercises involving small arms, mortars, artillery and aerial munitions will take place on Camp Grayling from July 20-31.
While each Northern Strike exercise has its share of distinguished visitors, this year is unique in having the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Frank Grass, scheduled to visit on July 27th. “Having the chief visit demonstrates the impact Michigan is having on the national stage”, said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Michigan National Guard. “We look forward to showing off the capabilities of the Michigan Guard during his stay.”
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