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September 2016

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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.


127th Wing App

Upcoming events around the Guard

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

News from Your Guard

Superintendent returns from Middle East military duty


People do a double-take when they see Ed Koledo walking down the street. Not only is this Linden Community Schools superintendent back in town after 11 months serving with the Michigan Army National Guard in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he’s also 40 pounds lighter from daily exercise in 120- to 130-degree Middle East temperatures. Koledo, 50, was activated for his second deployment on Oct. 15, 2015 as battalion commander for the 1-182nd Field Artillery Regiment. 

The President of the Republic of Latvia bestows rare medal to Col. J. Andrew Roberts

Latvian President

The President of the Republic of Latvia (left) presented Col. J. Andrew Roberts, commander of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, with the Order of Viesturs medal, Sept. 23, 2016, at the Michigan National Guard headquarters facility in Lansing. The Order of Viesturs is presented only by the President and was given to Roberts to recognize his efforts toward strengthening the country and promoting joint learning between military forces. Roberts served as the bilateral affairs officer to Latvia in 2012 and 2013.

Army Public Affairs Sgt. Maj. visits TACOM for Hispanic Heritage Month

Army SGMPAO visit

Staff from the Michigan National Guard Public Affairs Office, TACOM Public Affairs and TARDEC Public Affairs listened to the Army Public Affairs Sgt. Maj. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at TACOM LCMC for #HispanicHeritageMonth. The group gathered for a round table discussion on public affairs after the speech. (Selfie photo by Army Public Affairs Sgt. Maj. Jose Velazquez)

Jack's Walk of Honor Raises Money for Michigan National Guard Family Fund

Jacks Walk

A 100 mile walk across Northern Michigan in combat boots, all to support local National Guard troops and their families. Wednesday marks the start of a four day journey for Jack VanPutten. It's Jack's Walk of Honor. The 100 mile walk began Wednesday morning at Camp Grayling and continues all the way to Traverse City, but that's only the half of it. He will then walk another 50 miles back to Grayling. “I'm thankful for those that serve, I want to express my gratitude to past and present military.”

Congratulations to Our Own

The President of the Republic of Latvia visit

Awards for Robert

The President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis, presented the prestigious Order of Viesturs medal to Col. J. Andrew Roberts, commander of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and former bilateral affairs officer to Latvia, Friday, Sept. 23, at the Michigan National Guard, Joint Forces Readiness Center in Lansing.

For more photos, check out the full Flickr album!https://www.flickr.com/photos/mi_ng/albums/72157674409325635

127th Wing Earns Top Honors

The 127th Wing has been award two of the military’s top honors.

The wing has been awarded the Meritorious Unit Award by the Air Force for the wing’s recent record of performance both in and in support of combat operations. The award includes a ribbon that all current members of the wing will be authorized to add to their uniform.

AF award


127th history video

127th Wing Overview & History -- 2016

September 17th, 2016, the 110th Attack Wing marked its transition to the MQ-9 Reaper mission with a ribbon cutting for its new RPA operations facility. The event was attended by a host of elected officials, distinguished visitors and local media. John McNeill, of Kalamazoo radio station 106.5, was among those covering the event.


BC Top Secret Job

Patriot day video

First responders, military personnel, citizens gather at airport in remembrance of 9/11

Read the full article here;


Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force.
Here's a video celebrating the organization's 69th Birthday


AF Bday

Munitions and Ammo

127th Wing Munitions and Ammo video

Detroit: Meet Your Army!

Hear what Sgt. Maj. Jose Velazquez, Sergeant Major of Army Public Affairs, had to say about our community!


Never Forgotten



Family Programs

Coming Aug. 19-20, 2017 -- an event so big, it has been 100 years in the making!

Full video at https://www.facebook.com/127thWing/videos/10154072222743650/

100 year video


September is National Preparedness Month. We'll post updates throughout the month, but now is a great time to think about the hazards you and your family are most likely to encounter and make your emergency plans. "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." Get started herehttps://www.ready.gov/september #NatlPrep

September is #SuicidePreventionMonth! #BeThere for service members and veterans, family and friends. Play a role in suicide prevention.