Wolverine Guard

January 2017

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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

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

News from Your Guard

TAG presents check to Children's Rehabilitation Center

TAG in Lativa

Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vandais presented a check to the Children's Rehabilitation Center Friday January 27, during his trip to Riga, Latvia. The funds were raised during the annual TAG golf outing which chooses a new charity to support each year. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Embassy Riga/Released)

National Spouses Day!

Spouses Day

January 26th is #NationalSpousesDay! Which is a perfect time to remind all of our #militaryspouses how vital their love and support is to the entire DoD family.

Michigan turns 180!


The great state of Michigan celebrates its 180th birthday today. It's two peninsulas and 9.9 million people strong.

Here are a few fun facts about our state to help celebrate Michigan's admission into the union on Jan. 26, 1837.

Detroit Tigers visit Selfridge ANGB


On Friday, January 20th, The "2017 Tigers Winter Caravan" paid a visit to Selfridge ANGB. Following a base tour, players took part in a jersey presentation and Q & A session with fans. 
                         On hand for the event
GM Al Avila                                             P Chad Bell
P Blaine Hardy                                SS Jose Iglesias
3B Jacoby Jones                        SS Dixon Machado
OF Mikie Mahtook                       RF J.D. Martinez 
OF Andrew Romine                       LF Justin Upton
P Drew Verhagan                       P Justin Verlander

Members of the Michigan National Guard a part of inaugural activities

Security at Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will include men and women in uniform from Michigan. One hundred fifty members of the Michigan National Guard arriving Wednesday in Washington D.C., for the transition of power reports WWJ’s Zahra Huber. Major Corissa Barton says they decided to send the members to D.C. after receiving a request for help.


TAG speaks on radio show about Northern Strike 2017


Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais joins Lt. Col. Dawn Dancer and Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller on the WJR radio show, with Frank Beckmann, to discuss exercise Northern Strike 2017.

Snyder signs National Guard tuition assistance bill

On Monday, January 9th, 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that will streamline tuition assistance for members of the Michigan National Guard.

signs bill

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


The national recurring theme of this holiday is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On...Not A Day Off." It calls upon the American people to engage in public service and promote peaceful social change. Dr. King's unfinished movement toward equality can be achieved by our united, enduring efforts.

Air Force relaxes tattoo policy, allows sleeves

The Air Force on Tuesday announced it will no longer limit the size of airmen's body tattoos, in a significant shift that opens up the door to popular sleeve tattoos.

The policy change is slated to take effect Feb. 1, 2017.

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1-126th Infantry Battalion goes back to the "Red Arrow" Patch


On 8 January 2017, the 1-126th CAV SQD cased their Cavalry colors for the final time becoming the 3-126th IN BN. The Iron BN is now once again a part of the famous Red Arrow Division.

National Guard looks back on a busy 2016

The National Guard saw a busy 2016, meeting challenges both at home and abroad, deploying overseas, responding to large-scale emergencies and natural disasters at home while also taking part in a number of milestone events and transitioning to new roles.


Congratulations to Our Own

Gov. Snyder addresses Michigan Air and Army National Guard during SOTS


Governor Rick Snyder gives recognition for both the Michigan Air National Guard and Michigan Army National Guard on significant events and awards that have been accomplished in 2016. (Courtesy video provided by the State of Michigan/Released)

Michigan State Police 100th anniversary patrol vehicle hits the road

Michigan State Police are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year by bringing back a classic look to some of their cruisers.

Fifty Dodge Charger pursuit vehicles decked out in black and gold hit the road Wednesday. The color scheme is the same carried on the earliest MSP patrol vehicles.


1-182nd FA BN Change of Command


1-182nd FA BN Change of Command - LTC Gregory Cooper took command today from LTC Ed Koledo. Also pictured: BG Michael Stone, COL Shawn A Harris, CSM Kevin Day, and CSM Joseph R Gregory - all great leaders with heritage in the -181n.

Michigan professor-Airman serves with pride

Air Force Master Sgt. Shaun West, a flight chief with the 127th Security Forces Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., holds a doctorate degree in behavioral health. In addition to his duties at Selfridge, he is an adjunct professor with Arizona State University’s online graduate studies program. (Photo by Terry Atwell)


2016 Michigan Air National Guard Airmen of the Year


Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, and CMsgt. David Eddy announce the winners of the 2016 Airmen of the Years award.

Michigan National Guard Soldier from Ovid promoted

Misty McGinnis of Ovid, an equal opportunity
advisor with the Lansing-based, Michigan National Guard, 272nd Regional Support Group, was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant.


Never Forgotten

KIA Stout