Wolverine Guard

February 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

July 1, 2017 - Fort Custer Centennial Open House

July 29 - August 12, 2017 - Northern Strike 2017

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



News from Your Guard

Black History Month: The Michigan 102nd Regiment's Civil War legacy


The 54th was recruiting all across the United States. They were the first to form. The Detroit News said, “don’t join these guys – we’re getting a Michigan regiment together. You want to wait and be part of us.”

Howes: Peters touts Mich. military mobility cred in DC


The senator’s point: the Detroit auto industry isn’t the only asset in southeast Michigan pushing deeper into the evolving mobility space of driverless vehicles connected to roads and themselves by advanced technology. The Army is, too, and it’s doing it at what’s known as TARDEC in Macomb County.

Ricardo Defense Systems and LIFT join forces to mitigate risk to armed forces


The Ricardo system is currently being piloted in 10 vehicles with the Michigan National Guard. The project will expand the National Guard pilot program to include production grade components and processes developed.

Selfridge hosts press conference for public support on new F-35 Fighter


On Tuesday, February 21st, The Macomb County Executive's office hosted a press conference to promote a new campaigne 
aimed at garnering public support for brining the F-35 Fighter to Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

127th Air Refueling Group returns from deployment


Family members await the arrival of Airmen returning home from a deployment at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. on February 19th, 2017. Approximately 85 Airmen and three KC-135 Stratotankers from the 127th Air Refueling Group returned from a 60 day deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Rachel Barton)

Lt. Gen. Graube and Maj. Nemenonoks visit The American Legion Department of Michigan

Wednesday Feb 23, 2017, The American Legion Department of Michigan State Commander Larry Carlton Money, Adjutant Ron Runyan, and Department Legislative Chairman Marilyn Britten welcomed Lt. General Raimonds Graube (middle) and Major Dmitrijs Nemenonoks (right) from the country of Latvia. General Graube is the former Chief of Defence of Latvia. The Michigan National Guard and the military of Latvia have been working together since 1993. General Graube will be retiring from military service soon. The visit to The American Legion Department of Michigan was a fact finding visit to explore how veteran service organizations work in the USA and how he might be able to create a VSO in the country of Latvia to support the veterans in his country. We shared our founding, our four pillars, organizational structure, and many programs directed to the American Veterans and their families. Department Veteran Service Officer Tom Kaiser explained some of the duties he performs to help veterans receive the benefits they have earned. We look forward to helping General Graube in his new mission.



177th MP Brigade returns home from exercise Warfighter 17-03


Soldiers of the 177th MP Brigade arrive in Detroit from Ft Hood, Texas, after successfully completing Warfighter 17-03. Welcome home, Tiger Brigade!

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jeffrey R. Connell recognized as Director of the Year

It is official, Lt. Col. Connell has been selected as the Director of the Year 2017 by the National Guard Youth Foundation. He will be recognized by dignitaries at the NGYF Recognition Reception in Washington DC next week. This is an incredible accomplishment for the hard work and dedication of the staff, cadets, graduates and all of the MYCA family. His competition came from 40 other ChalleNGe Academies in 30 different states, territories, and DC. Please feel free to like and share.


ROTC cadet serving as Michigan state legislator


"I believe the opportunity for real change is evident, and if all units of the community work together, from organizations and businesses to our faith leaders and service members, the condition of society will benefit greatly," Jones said.

Staff Sgt. Rivard completes Ranger School

Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Matt Rivard of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, on completing Ranger School, at Fort Benning, Georgia, January 27, 2017. (Michigan National Guard photos by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released)


Happy Valentine's Day from the Michigan National Guard


Happy Valentine's Day to all of our friends and family. Thank you for loving us and supporting what we do! How are you celebrating the day?! (Michigan National Guard image created by Sgt. James Bennett/Released)

Northern Knights (RSP)

The Northern Knights (RSP) Go snow shoeing for morning PT


63D TC supports MSU Army ROTC


The 63D TC leadership supported the MSU Army ROTC Spartan Strike program. We will continue to support all Michigan Army ROTC programs. Go Army!

February 127th Wing RSD Update

Brig. Gen. John Slocum and Command Chief Tony Whitehead deliver their February address to the members of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard.


Governor Snyders FY 2018 budget presentation


After six consecutive years of smart, fiscally-responsible budgets, our state has made an incredible comeback.

Now, as we look to go seven for seven, we have a clear path toward our future - a future that will make Michigan an even better place for all who call it home.  

Family Programs

Family Programs puts together team building activities

The Family Programs Team here at JFHQ had a Team Building day on Thursday, 23 February 2017.  In the morning we played a game of Jeopardy and then Hungry-Hungry Hippo (adult version).  The point of the game is the same as the game we played as children except you need to partner up and try to collect as many balls in the basket before the time runs out.  The winners of the game were Angie Harkins and Samantha Houchlei (Child and Youth Program).  After lunch we went to Escape Room 20/20 in Okemos for some Team Development fun and even concurred the "Groovy Lounge" and managed to escape with 8 minutes to spare:)


Give an Hour is announcing our Reserve Component Program expansion, as well as information on our Five Signs of emotional suffering.

Get Connected: http://connected.giveanhour.org/ 
Give an Hour: http://www.giveanhour.org/
Change Direction: http://www.changedirection.org/

Never Forget

Mike Illitch dies at the age 87


Thank you for the dedication to your country spent with the United States Marine Corps from 1948-1952. You will always be remembered for your dedication to the city of Detroit. From the Michigan National Guard, rest in peace Mr. Mike Ilitch, thank you and Oohrah!