Wolverine Guard

November 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.


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/


Upcoming events around the Guard

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.

News from Your Guard

Thanksgiving 2016


Senior Airman Jaylin Bailey dishes up a traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, during the November Regularly Scheduled Drill of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Nov. 5, 2016. Bailey is a member of the Services Flight of the 127th Force Support Squadron, which presents a Thanksgiving meal to the Airmen of the 127tth Wing every Thanksgiving. The personnel in the background of the photo in civilian attire are members of the 127th Student Flight, newly-enlisted members who have not yet attended Basic Military Training. (Michigan National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton and multimedia illustrations by Sgt. Jim Bennett)

DMVA Purchasing Office earns agency of the year award


Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Purchasing Office Director, Kimberly Graham (center), stands with team members (left to right), Joe Kelly, Greg Pawlak, Liz Noffsinger and Dana Worrall, Nov. 10, 2016, after accepting the Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association, 2016 Agency of the Year award, presented in honor of the team’s dedication to the mission, vision and values held by public purchasing professionals. (Michigan National Guard photo by Al Christian)

Lt Col. (ret.) Matthew Yansura Purple Heart Reuniting Ceremony


More than 70 years later, Lt. Col. Matthew Yansura and Cadet Jay Choi, reunite the Purple Heart medal and certificate with the family of Tech. 5 th Grade Robert Mathis, Nov. 13, 2016, at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Mich.

DoD Recommits to Today's Military, Force of Future on Veterans Day


On this day we observe Veterans Day to honor all the men and women who’ve served our country in uniform. The veterans from generations past and the new generation of veterans home and at war. We just want to say thank you for serving your country!
#HonorThem #VeteransDay

Veterans Day 2016; Russ Harden to lead Troy ceremony


Many members of the Michgan National Guard will be participating in #VeteransDay events across the state tomorrow! #ThankAVet

All you need, is all you have


Working out regularly at two different CrossFit gyms, Stein has developed a second “workout” family, along with raising the bar on her physical fitness. Competing in the Older, Faster, Wiser, Stronger Masters Only CrossFit competition November 5, 2016, Commerce Township, Mich., has given her the opportunity to test herself. Competing in the 40-44 age group, Stein was tested in a number of events to include a timed round robin of the 75-pound medicine ball shoulder to overhead lift, 135-pound sled push and box jumps. She also completed a grueling 12 minute workout consisting of 525 meter rowing followed by 16 feet of overhead walking lunges, 14 pound wall ball, and burpees over the bar.

156th ESB conducts field training exercises

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Company A, 156th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), "the best signal company in the great state of Michigan" based out of Wyoming, Michigan, conducted field training exercises in preparation for an upcoming company communication exercise. Training included; erecting 25 meter mast, acquiring a proper satellite shot, and joint node network (JNN) and command post node (CPN) training. (Michigan National Guard photos by Capt. Rasheed Rhodes/Released)

We will never forget


Lessie J. R. Bomia, age 31 of Toledo, formerly of Monroe, died Wednesday due to injuries he sustained in an early morning auto accident in Toledo. He was currently serving in the Army National Guard and employed by Tardec in Warren, MI.

Congratulations to Our Own

Once homeless, veteran's new house now fully furnished


Joel Trombley was a combat medic with the Michigan Army National Guard. He served in Iraq but fell on hard times once he was medically discharged."We were blessed with a pretty amazing group of people coming in and making our house a home," he says. He and his three children and girlfriend had been homeless, then they found a house - but it wasn't really a home.

Good luck to Lt. Ryan Reynolds as he heads to Latvia

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A student waves to the crowd during the Hanover-Horton Elementary School's annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (Samantha Madar | Mlive.com)

Family Programs

District 5, Military Family Appreciation Day

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Michigan National Guard Family Programs office held an event for Military Family Appreciation Day at District 5 in Lansing, Mich. The event was free to families and included Family Programs training for the adults and free use of the Ultimate Extreme Air venue. Families enjoyed the trampolines, foam pits, and other activities.

Never Forget