Wolverine Guard

October 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

November 16, 2017 - Military Family Appreciation Day


Please join the Family Programs Office in celebrating Month of the Military Family at District 5 in Lansing!! Register at www.jointservicessupport.org/Reg/94H298

November 17, 2016 Thanks for Giving 2016

 See flyer for details

FP Thanks for Giving

November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day


Thank you all who have served their country and to those who currently do serve! Many businesses show their appreciation of our Military through discounts and freebies. For a list of popular discounts, click here.

To utilize discounts, you must bring in either DD 214, Military ID or be in uniform. Call your local business listed for particulars of offer.

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

As we head toward next summer's anniversary celebration of Selfridge Air National Guard Base's founding on July 1, 1917, this poster recognizes some of our history. For 100 years, the airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, Coasties and law enforcement agents at Selfridge have been proud to serve state and nation.

100 year

News from Your Guard

Michigan National Guard, wins 2016 International Sniper Competition


Sgt. Saykham Keophalychanh and Sgt. Nicholas Mitchell of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, wait their turn on the “Moving Target” event of Fort Benning’s International Sniper Competition. For the event, each team is given 16 rounds and five minutes to hit four moving targets as well as identify four “High Value Targets” from an unknown distance. The International Sniper Competition takes place from October 17-21, 2016 and consists of 43 national and international teams. (Michigan National Guard photo by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Lets take a look at the review of this years 36th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony organized by the Department of Defense, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

36th Annual

Battle Creek Air Guard prepares for drone aircraft operations in 2017

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A student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, N.Y. The 174th Fighter Wing is the only Air National Guard unit in the country to operate a MQ-9 Formal Training Unit to train aircrews from the active duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. (Photo by TSgt. Ricky Best)

Michigan National Guard participates in North American International Cyber Summit


Members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard took part in the fifth annual North American International Cyber Conference held October 17, 2016 at Cobo Hall in Detroit along with Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. Also in attendance were, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, Maj. Gen Leonard Isabelle, commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Michael Stone, Michigan National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Installations. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller/Released)

U.S. Adjutant General of Michigan Visits Liberia's Defense Ministry

TAG Liberia

The General and his team of four men, on Thursday paid a courtesy call to Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai at the Ministry of Defense in Monrovia in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.  

Congratulations to Our Own

Flickr photos from the International Sniper Competition 2016

Check out more photos of our Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers competing at the International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning on our Flickr page! The International Sniper Competition takes place from October 17-21, 2016, and consists of 43 national and international teams. Sgt. Saykham Keophalychanh and Sgt. Nicholas Mitchell of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, representing the Michigan National Guard, took 1st place overall in the competition.

SC Photos

Belmont-based National Guard unit changes command

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Sgt. Maj. Kevin Day receives the Michigan National Guard, 63rd Troop Command’s colors from the new commander, Col. Shawn Harris, during an Oct. 15, 2016, ceremony at the Belmont armory where the 63rd is based. Harris grew up in Blakely, Georgia and now resides in Kentwood, Michigan. (Michigan National Guard photo by Maj. Doug Halleaux/Released)

Join the Guard

Want to serve your country and your community? Not to sure on what to do to further your career? Do you need a way to pay for your college tuition? Would you like to be apart of something bigger than you could ever imagine, yet only 1% of the country? Talk to your local recruiter and see what opportunities we have that will prepare you for your future. Check out the recruiting website to find your local recruiter at http://www.miarmyguard.com/


Family Programs

Michigan National Guard Family Programs Fall Extravaganza 2016

A toothy black cat and cheeky white ghosts guard the inflatable haunted house entryway at the Michigan National Guard Family Programs' Fall Extravaganza, Oct. 31, 2016.   The extravaganza, held at the Joint Forces Headquarters drill hall in Lansing, featured a haunted house, games, and indoor trick-or-treating.  Children of all ages were welcomed to join in on the Halloween fun.  (Michigan National Guard photo by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released).