Wolverine Guard <Corrected Version>

March 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


April 6 - 7, 2017 - Full Teen Resiliency Training

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


Family Programs enjoys team building exercises


The Michigan National Guard Family Programs Team, here at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing, Mich., had a Team Building day on Thursday, 23 February 2017. In the morning they 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

2017 Governors 20 sniper match

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Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, and 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, competed in the Adjutant General's, Governor's 20 sniper match at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, March 3-5. The Soldiers are part of the Battalion's sniper sections and will participate in 19 courses of fire, an unknown distance ruck with a 60-80 pound ruck, and an unknown distance run. The winners will go on to compete in the Winston P. Wilson National match in April at Fort Chaffe, Arkansas. (Michigan National Guard photos by Sgt. James Bennett/Released)

Home for wounded veterans being created in Flint


Two men who know the struggle wounded warriors endure are reaching out to offer help. They're in the process of converting a Flint house into a place veterans can stay and get back on their feet.

Novi High hosts Army's Warrior Fit program

There was an iconic commercial in the 1980s that proclaimed soldiers in the U.S. Army “do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.”

The same is true – at least for one day – for some Novi High School students, who were put through a rigorous training session by the Michigan National Guard last week.

Novi Fitness

50 women who made American political history

For #InternationalWomensDay, here is an article of women who have made American Political History. In the photo, we have one of our very own, Michigan National Guards Deputy Public Information Officer, Angela Simpson, taking photos of Soldiers in formation at Saber Strike 2015. Angela goes above and beyond to bring us the coverage you all enjoy to read!


MG Vadnais interview on the MING partnership with Liberia

Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the Michigan National Guard adjutant general, discusses the Guard's partnership with Liberia and how it helps enhance Guard readiness while building capacity for the Liberian armed forces.

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Women's History Month: Grace Hopper


In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language.


46th MP CMD Crisis Response Training

The Michigan Army National Guard‘s 46th Military Police Command trains to respond to a major domestic incident in the United States at the Battle Creek Air National Guard base on Mar. 10 – 12. The training is designed to prepare the Michigan organization to support FEMA should a catastrophic event happen in the future.


How a dog named 'Harbaugh' helped a Michigan Veteran fight PTSD

Auburn native and U.S. Army veteran Don Zuzula plays with his dog Harbaugh in Penta Vedra, Florida for the K9s For Warriors program. Zuzula suffers from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and enlisted in the program in hopes to find a dog to help his struggles with the disorder. (K9s For Warriors)


Back pain and bureaucracy: One injured Soldier's quest to prove his injuries

When Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Corder broke his back in a helicopter accident three years ago, he wasn’t thinking about what paperwork he needed to file to properly document the crippling pain. 
“It’s an ultimate insult,” the 34-year-old former soldier said. “I couldn’t walk away from the helicopter. Today, I can’t walk without the help of canes. I can’t get myself in and out of bed. But the Army says there’s no proof anything happened.”


Units participate in Exercise Northern Strike 2017 planning

Units participating in Exercise Northern Strike 17 gather at the Camp Grayling armory to plan air movements during the NS 17 mid-planning meeting, Mar. 15, 2017. (Michigan National Guard photo by Angela Simpson/Released)


Happy #StPatricksDay from the Michigan National Guard!

Did you know the #IrishBrigade was a real thing during the Civil War? Click the title to read more!

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Women's History Month: Clara Barton

Clara Barton was working as a recording clerk in the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. when the first units of federal troops poured into the city in 1861. The war had just begun, the troops were newly recruited, and residents in the capital were alarmed and confused. Barton perceived an immediate need in all this chaos for providing personal assistance to the men in uniform, some of whom were already wounded, many hungry, and some without bedding or any clothing except what they had on their backs. 


Spring is here!

Finally, Spring has sprung! Enjoy the new season. Enjoy this short video put together by the Department of Defense.


MING Adjutant General visits troops at Exercise Allied Spirit VI

Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, The Adjunct General of the MIARNG visits Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1-182nd Field Artillery Unit during Allied Spirit VI at Hohensfel, Germany on March 17, 2017. Allied Spirit VI provides a unique opportunity for MIARNG and Latvian Soldiers to exercise tactical interoperability and test secure communications with NATO Allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Army Photo by 1LT Erica Mitchell/Released)

Allied Spirit VI

Selfridge Military Museum, Air Park to open for season

With the return of spring weather, the Selfridge Military Museum and Air Park will soon once again be open to the general public. The museum and air park will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April 1 to Oct. 29. It will also be open on Independence Day and Memorial Day. Visitors to the museum and air park will see more than $7 million worth of displays. The site features more than 30 military aircraft, all with a Michigan connection, and thousands of artifacts.

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Vietnam Veteran Day, March 29th

Today, and every day, we honor the service and sacrifices made by our Vietnam Veterans. #VietnamVeteransDay


New Michigan museum shares untold stories of military bravery

Detroit native Pfc. Frederick Nock Jr., was called into World War II at 19. Not only did he write letters to his mom back on Homer Street, more than four boxes' worth, he sketched what he saw, capturing life and death of war: wounded soldiers, dead comrades, burial grounds, tanks and cities. He was sent colored pencils, which made his drawings even more graphic and vivid, from bloodshed to green grass.

New Museum

Women's History Month: 10 Awesome Michigan Women

Even as #WomensHistoryMonth comes to an end, we all still need to continue to recognize women, all over the world, for their accomplishments and how they have made the world the way it is today.

WHM 10 Women

Michigan to build state's first Gold Star Family Monument 

The Bay City Times reports that the Bay Veterans Foundation is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony April 29 at the city's Battery Park. The monument is expected to be completed by Sept. 30.

Gold Star Family Monument

She has served too: VA provides comprehensive care to Women Veterans

The fastest growing population group in the military today is women who currently comprise 14.5 percent of active duty personnel and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserves. 

Women's VA

Congratulations to Our Own

MG Vadnais swears in LTC Walker to new position

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Michigan National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, swears in Lt. Col. Scott Walker to his new position as Deputy Inspector General, Feb. 28, 2107, at a ceremony held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. (Michigan National Guard photo by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released)

MG Vadnais presents award to LTC Czajka

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Michigan National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, presented Lt. Col. Gordon Czajka with a Meritorious Service Medal and spoke about his accomplishments while serving as the MING Deputy Inspector General during a change-of-authority ceremony held at the MING Joint Forces Headquarters complex in Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 28, 2017. Lt. Col. Scott Walker will serve as the new deputy IG. (Michigan National Guard photo by Capt. Tyler Piper/Released)

Selfridge Nose Art Competition 2017


This album contains the submissions for the 2017 Selfridge Nose Art competition. 

On Tuesday, March 28th, a winner was announced during a ceremony at Selfridge, where winning submission will be revealed on 1 A-10 Warthog, and 1 KC-135 Stratotanker.

Camp Riley: Next generation of combat medics graduate

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"Deep down we are all transferring from our other positions to become medics for the same reason, we want to help," said Spc. Carson Crook from 1st Battalion, 126th Infantry with the Michigan National Guard.