August Wolverine Guard

August 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  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

September 24, 2016 - Retiree Appreciation Day

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

News from Your Guard

Northern Strike 2016 Overview


Check out the final newletter to Northern Strike 2016. The newsletter is also available to download on our website at the following link.

125th INF REG Unveiling Ceremony

125th Memorial

The 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan, unveiled their memorial statue Friday, Aug. 19, at a ceremony held near the chapel on Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center. The guest speaker at the event, Col. (retired) Gregory Durkac served in the battalion for eight years, concluding his tenure as the battalion commander. Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Edwin Ellison worked to secure donations needed to purchase the monument. The monument was unveiled on the morning before the annual Memorial Review at the camp, during which Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, in his role as commander in chief of the Michigan National Guard, reviewed the assembled troops. (Michigan National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow/Released)


Happy 226 years U.S. Coast Guard


Join us in wishing the U.S. Coast Guard a very happy 226th birthday! They're the Guardians of National Security Afloat and Ashore...


Gen Joseph Lengyel, the 28th Cheif of the National Guard Bureau

Congratulations Gen Joseph Lengyel on your new position as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau. We wish the best to Gen. Frank Grass in his future endeavors.


Michigan National Guard welcomes new Inspector General

Col. Arthur Addleman is sworn in as the Inspector General for the Michigan National Guard by Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general for the Michigan National Guard, during a ceremony held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan on August 1, 2016. (Michigan National Guard photo by Lt. Col. William Humes/Released)

New IG

Congratulations to Our Own

Michigan National Guard gains two new sergeants

2 new Soldiers

Two members of the Ishpeming-based, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 107th Engineer Battalion, Michigan National Guard, Freddi Clifton (of Hancock) and Mark Zeman (of Marquette), were promoted to the rank of sergeant earlier this year (March 2016) in recognition of their service to their unit and the Michigan National Guard. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. Jon Wheeler/Released)

CSM Wren Reenlists


Michigan National Guard Col. Shawn Harris administers the oath of Reenlistment, 32 U.S. Code §304, to Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wren, Aug. 8, 2016, in front of the Armed Forces of Liberia headquarters building near Monrovia, Liberia, while AFL Command Sgt. Maj. Cooper Manqueh and another AFL soldier hold the American flag in the background. Harris and Wren served together in Liberia during Operation Onward Liberty, 2015-2016. (Michigan National Guard photo by Maj. Shannon Ruby/Released)

1st Lt. Joseph Wolf takes command of the 1/119th Field Artillery

119 CoC

The Fort Custer-based, Forward Support Company for the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted a change-of-command ceremony, Thursday, Aug. 18, on the parade field at Camp Grayling. 1st Lt. Joseph Wolf took over command from the outgoing commander, Cpt. James Stansbury, in a ceremony overseen by the battalion commander for the 1/119th Field Artillery, Lt. Col. Robert Frazer. (Michigan National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow/Released)

Newly promoted Sgt. Kincaid

Sgt. Kincaid

Congratulations to newly promoted SGT Kincaid, seen here being pinned by General Abrams during OP Northern Strike 2016.

Dave Gillahan is promoted to lieutenant colonel and takes command of the 107th Engineer Battalion


A.T. Gillahan, 99, a veteran of the Pacific Campaign during World War II, assists in the promotion of his grandson, Dave Gillahan, to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Michigan National Guard. With the promotion, Gillahan took command of the 107th Engineer Battalion in Marquette, Michigan, from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Scott House. Col Thom Verne, commander of the 177th Military Police Brigade, presided over the ceremony. One of the oldest units in the Michigan National Guard, elements of the 107th are based in seven communities across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Michigan National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow/Released)

Michigan National Guard promotes Patrick Mayabb to Lieutenant Colonel

Mayabb Promotion

Lori Mayabb pins new rank on Lt. Col. Patrick Mayabb during his promotion ceremony on July 28, 2016. The ceremony was conducted at the Reserve Forces Support Center in Lansing, Michigan. (Michigan National Guard photo by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released)

Master Sgt. Oscar Flores retirement ceremony


Master Sgt. Oscar Flores, Michigan Army National Guard, received the Meritorious Service Medal at his retirement ceremony celebrating 34 years of service in the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard.


Northern Strike 2016 Hooah Video

Military units from Michigan, Latvia, Canada and Poland, were active in Northern Michigan from Aug. 1-20, as part of the newest installment of Exercise Northern Strike. Exercise Northern Strike is a unique military training exercise because it combines air and ground combat capability drills into one super-sized training exercise. Check out this video covering events that took place during the exercise!

ns16 video

Never Forgotten