Wolverine Guard

May 2016

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We Need Your Help

We do our best to share Michigan National Guard news but there is always room for improvement - with your help! Send your training news, awesome promotion selfie, and any other unit adventure stories and photos to minationalguard@gmail.com.  As we, the public affairs office staff, travel the state visiting armories, our intent will be to showcase unit-level accomplishments, learn unit history, establish a unit liaison (or two, or three), and to scout out interesting stories and information to share. Please do your part to steer us in the right direction. And never fear, to bend our ear, with event descriptions and other issues that impact the Soldiers, Airmen, families and friends of the Michigan National  Guard.

Upcoming Events around the Guard

Denmark Exchange - May 28, 2016 - June 7, 2016

Latvia TCT - June 10, 2016 - June 20, 2016

TAG Golf Outing - June 28, 2016

Youth Camp - June 9, 2016 - June 15, 2016

CST event with MSU -  July 19, 2016 - July 20, 2016

Northern Strike 2016 - August 6, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Selfridge 100th year anniversary Open House and Air Show - August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017

News from Your Guard

Memorial Day is a day to remember the reason we have our freedom

During Memorial Day, we enjoyed our long weekend with friends, family and beautiful weather, we never forgot to take time to remember the sacrifices of countless men and women throughout our rich history. No matter the cost, these brave heroes stood for freedom. Never Forgotten, Always Remembered.

Memorial Day

Governors Fallen Memorial May 2016

Governor Rick Snyder hosted a luncheon at his residence in Lansing to honor Michigan’s fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Family members of fallen heroes gathered to share and reflect on the memories and sacrifices of their loved ones.

Governors Fallen Luncheon

Michigan National Guard Soldier concludes Flint water support mission

Pfc. Lamar Hawkes, a member of the Detroit-based, 1072nd Maintenance Company, received a Michigan Active State Service Ribbon with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, May 27, 2016, for his service distributing bottled water and related supplies to Flint residents following the governor’s activation orders that brought about 400 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to the city. All Michigan National Guard support in Flint will conclude by the end of May as Flint residents are hired to assume those functions.  (Michigan National Guard photo by Angela Simpson/Released)


Latvian Delegation visits Michigan National Guard

Members of Latvian delegation along with members of Alpena firefighters and Michigan National Guard leadership observe a firefighting demonstration last week on the Alpena CRTC. Michigan and Latvia have been joined through the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program for more than 24 years. (Michigan National Guard photo by Lt. Col. William Humes/Released)

Latvian Delegation visit

MIARNG 125th Infantry Regiment conducts sniper selection training

Three Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard, begin the road march portion of a sniper selection event. The unit uses this rigorous, roughly 36-hour event, to establish an order of merit list for deciding which Soldiers are selected to attend sniper training and be a part of the sniper section. (Michigan National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Vega/Released)

Three Soldiers 125th INF REG

Exercise Patriot Sands 2016

Exercise Patriot Sands is a training mission providing aircraft pilots and aircrew valuable water and land combat survival training, equipping them to react and seek rescue in the case they are involved in an emergency landing or crash. The exercise took place in Pensacola, Fla., May 12-15, 2016. (Michigan National Guard photos by Spc. Eric Bandy/Released) 

Exercise Patriot Sands

MING Soldiers participate in Military Police Occupational Specialty Course


Thirty Soldiers comprised of units from National Guard, Army Reserve and active-duty, participated in the Military Police Occupational Specialty Course conducted at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, Mich. (Michigan National Guard story by 1st Lt. Tyler Piper\released)

HS seniors spend a day with MING 1437th Bridge Company


Five northern Michigan high schools and about 100 students rotated in small groups through more than 20 learning stations set up and supervised by members of the home unit. (Michigan National Guard story by Angela Simpson/Released)

Michigan National Guard's Stay Fit, Stay Guard program


The Michigan National Guard's Stay Fit Stay Guard program was conducted at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, Mich., from April 23 - May 7, 2016. (Michigan National Guard story by 1st Lt. Tyler Piper/Released)

Michigan's first female Soldier assigned to an infantry battalion

2nd Lt. Waverly Jennings, a resident of Ypsilanti, Mich., began her career in the Michigan Guard today as the first female Soldier officially assigned to an infantry battalion in the Michigan National Guard. Jennings is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry, and attended her first drill today at the armory in Saginaw. (Michigan National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Thomas Vega/Released)

2nd Lt. Jennings

Operation Summer Shield XIII

Operation Summer Shield XIII, is a multinational NATO training exercise whose participants include U.S. active duty Army, Reserve, and National Guard, U.S. Marines, and units from Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, and Canada. Michigan and Latvia have worked together in the State Partnership Program for 24 years. (Michigan National Guard photos by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller/Released)


MING Police unit bids farewell, conducts Blackhats’ Last Charge

The Blackhats' Last Charge is a competition in which Soldiers compete in three-person teams against each other through a three-mile road march and a series of physical team events that include a Sackman's race, tow bar carries, tow bar squats, Meal Ready to Eat sit-ups, team triangle push-ups, an arm chair carry, and burpees. The 144th MP Co. is being divested as part of a force structure realignment. (Michigan National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic, 177th MP Bde)

Blackhats' Last Charge

Congratulations to Our Own

2nd Lt. Brandon A. Little

Spc. Brandon A. Little passed the federal recognition board today, May 26, 2016, receiving permission to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He is scheduled to attend July 24 - Oct. 18, 2016. After OCS he will gain a commission as a second lieutenant in the Michigan Army National Guard. Little will be assigned as a platoon leader in the 46th Military Police Company, Corunna, Mich. (Courtesy Michigan National Guard photo/Released)

127th Wing Tigers

Michigan Army & Air National Guard personnel supporting Armed Forces Night at Comerica Park. Staff Sgt. Amy Gould, 126th Army Band, with the National Anthem; Selfridge boom operator Tech. Sgt. Matt Huff with the first pitch; and Staff Sgt. Brianna Ayers, a munitions specialist at Selfridge; after delivering the game ball to pitcher's mound. Bonus -- the Tigers won!

Flint Conference

Governor Rick Snyder expressed thanks to the Michigan National Guard today, alongside Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais, the adjutant general for the Michigan National Guard, during a press conference held at the Dort Federal Credit Union event center in Flint, Mich. The DFCU event center is one of the many water distribution sites that the Michigan National Guard has operated since mid-January. The Michigan National Guard is transitioning the water distribution mission in Flint to local community members. (Michigan National Guard photo by Lt. Col. William Humes/Released)

Lt. Col. Britton

Michigan Air National Guard Lt. Col. Derrick Britton and his son Elijah pause for a photo during Britton's promotion ceremony, April 28, 2016, at a State of Michigan, Health and Human Services office in downtown Flint. Britton is assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing but is currently on state active duty orders to support Flint residents during the water crisis. (Michigan National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Denice Rankin/Released)

CW3 Pena

Juan Adrian Pena, a Michigan National Guard human resource specialist posted at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, in Grayling, was promoted by Camp Grayling Garrison Commander, Col. Lawrence Schloegl, May 8, 2016 to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer three. Pena was born in Mexico City, Mexico but became an American citizen in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electromechanical engineering from the Universidad National Autonoma De Mexico in Mexico City and an associate degree in electronics from ITT Technical Institute, Inc. based in West Covina, Calif. He is a Veteran of Iraqi Freedom and has accumulated more than 24 years of U.S. military service between Active Duty, Reserve and Guard organizations. Pena has three daughters, Alexandra, Adriana and Faith. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. Adam Mason/Released)

Bignham CoC

Pictured (from left to right) are Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the outgoing commander of the TACOM Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais, the Adjutant General for the Michigan National Guard, Brig. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, commander of the Michigan Air National Guard and Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The Michigan Guard leaders were on hand at a ceremony held earlier this month in Warren, Mich. to honor Bingham for her cooperation with the Michigan Guard and wish her well in her next assignment. (Courtesy photo by Michigan National Guard/Released)

Never Forgotten

KIA Sgt. Wright

Family Programs

MING Volunteer Workshop May 2016

MING Volunteer Workshop May 2016

Michigan National Guard hosted an annual volunteer workshop and Teen Symposium in Dearborn last weekend.  The theme of this year's event was "Bridging the Gap, Building the Future" where volunteers were recognized for efforts in helping members of the Michigan National Guard connect and improve relationships with family.  In conjunction this this year's workshop, the Child and Youth program held their annual Teen Symposium where young people worked on improving listening skills and communicating with people they are meeting for the first time (Michigan National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow/Released)

Buddy to Buddy 2016

Buddy to Buddy 2016

The Michigan National Guard participated in a ceremony recognizing Buddy-to-Buddy volunteers for their contributions to helping veterans on the campus of Michigan State University.  Buddy-to-Buddy is a peer-to-peer outreach program that trains veterans to provide peer support and linkage to needed resources for Michigan post-9/11 service members and veterans.  (Michigan National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow/Released)

Be sure to check out upcoming events at the News and Newsletters page.

Science Fair 2016

Child and Youth Programs is proud to present the First Annual Science Fair on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at 1330. The contestants will be in two age categories: 9-12, 13-17. Participants must fall within the appropriate age categories on the date of the fair to participate. There will be a special Kids' Corner for those younger than the requisite age to participate in experiments during the time of the fair. 

Click here for registration details and applications.

Completed applications must be submitted via email and sent to ng.mi.miarng.mbx.child-and-youth-programs@mail.mil, or sent by mail to: ATTN: Youth Programs, 3423 N Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Lansing, MI 48906. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by June 11th, 2016.