Wolverine Guard

October/November 2017 Issue

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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 ng.mi.miarng.mbx.pao@mail.mil.  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.


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News from your Guard

First annual military family special needs EXPO


Too often many military families are not speaking out about the needs of their family. Today, September 30, 2017, the first special needs expo for all military families was held.

MING EM, CST, and MRBC exercise emergency operations in the Straits of Mackinac


Soldiers aboard a 130 foot ribbon bridge from the Michigan National Guard 1437th Multi-Role Bridge Company and staff aboard a Shepler’s Ferry® boat work together during Operation Shining Star, Sept. 23, 2017. OSS is an emergency management exercise in the Straits of Mackinac that brings together state, federal, community and civilian participants to rehearse emergency operations. (Michigan National Guard photo by Scott Martzke)

Rivals run game ball from MSU to U of M


The “Rivals Week” game ball is on it’s way to the Big House in Ann Arbor for the football game tomorrow night. ROTC students from both MSU and U of M are running it to Ann Arbor right now. That’s right all 64 miles.

Col. Andrew Roman and son deliver game ball

Michigan Army National Guard Chief of Staff, COL Andrew Roman and his son deliver the game ball during the Dewitt High School homecoming game Friday, Oct 20th, 2017. Roman graduated from Dewitt High in 1983, and was a member of the Dewitt High Football team. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller/Released)


Bill would give Michigan Youth Challenge Academy grads a clean record

Teens who have had run-ins with the law may get a fresh start if they graduate from a military-style academy for troubled youth in Battle Creek under a proposal making its way through the Michigan House of Representatives.


US Army Africa pushing more support to Lake Chad Basin to reinforce US stability efforts

"Using relationships already forged by the Michigan Army National Guard, as part of USARAF's state partnership program, U.S. forces were quickly able to gain access in Liberia to help slow the spread of the deadly virus, the general said."


Never drink and drive, lives depend on it

When you celebrate with family and friends, remember to celebrate responsibly - designate a driver or call a cab when you or your friends have had too much to drink. We all have an obligation to stay safe, whether on duty or off. (Michigan National Guard video by Sgt. Victoria Jacob/Released)


MING cyber team showcases skills at the International Cyber Summit 2017

Side meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyderand U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais, adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, discussing The National Guard's initiatives in the cyber realm and other issues. Excellent visit to the North American Cyber Summit 2017 here in Detroit today. The National Guard builds partnerships -- and contributions from education, industry and government are key to our nation's cyber success.


Michigan & Latvia Military Firefighters

This video documents the training and teamwork of Michigan and Latvian firefighters as facilitated by the State Partnership Program.  All video was shot at Alpena CRTC, Michigan, from 31 July to 8 August 2017, and at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia, on 19 May 2017.


Pro's vs GI Joe's: Detroit Lions and MING

Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard participate in a Pro's vs GI Joe's event November 7, 2017, with players from the Detroit Lions. The event is held to create a memorable experience for both the players and the Soldiers and for the players to show appreciation for the service that military members provide for the United States of America. The event took place in the Detroit Lions players locker room at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Mich. (Michigan National Guard photos and videos by Staff Sgt. Charles Stefan/Released)


East Lansing Veteran's Monument Dedication


Presented by the City of East Lansing

and the Rotary Club of East Lansing

Monday, November 6, 2017


Update: Ludington's Sgt. Eric Lund's double -arm transplant complete, now the wait

"These are critical days for rejection and risk of infection so thank you all for your continued prayers."


Happy Veterans Day!

Today, Nov. 11, 2017, we honor all of the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our great county. Happy #VeteransDay!


Korean War MIA Soldier's family finally presented with his medals

U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth W. Parker was declared missing in action at age 22 in Kumhwa, North Korea, on Oct. 14, 1952. Cynthia Wright, Parker's only daughter was only three months old.

Korean War Vet

Northern Strike 2017 Movie

Check out the Northern Strike 2017 Movie! Exercise Northern Strike is a unique, multinational, military training exercise because it combines air, ground and amphibious combat capability drills into one super-sized training exercise.


Firebirds fall on Military Appreciation Day

A ceremonial puck drop featured Brigadier General, Michael A. Stone of the Michigan Army National Guard, along with local World War II veteran, 91 year old Jeriel Ponder of the U.S. Navy, flanked by Firebirds owner, Rolf Nilsen, Director of Hockey Operations, Costa Papista, and representatives of each of the four branches of the military.

military appreciation day

Annual military parade marks Latvian Independence Day

The annual Independence Day military parade took place in Riga, Latvia on Saturday. Over 1,000 soldiers participated, along with police officers and firefighters. They were joined by troops from the US, Canada, Michigan National Guard and Lithuania, among others. The day commemorates the Proclamation of Independence that was made following WWI on November 18, 1918.

Latvia Independence

Happy Thanksgiving from the Michigan National Guard

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Here's a photo of some of our National Guard Soldiers eating Thanksgiving dinner in November 1941. 


National Guard and police officers skate it out for Toys for Tots

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 122 and the Michigan Army National Guard will be competing in a friendly hockey game Sunday, Dec. 3 to raise donations of toys and cash for the Toys for Tots program.


Soldiers at Saeima

Soldiers from the Michigan Air and Army National Guard visited the Latvian Parliament building in Riga on November 16, 2017. They were joined by over 100 soldiers from Canada, Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain as they toured the Saeima and the Latvian War Museum. Speaker Inara Murniece thanked the soldiers for their continued support for Latvian security.


Congratulations to Our Own

SANGB Guardsman Awarded Lifesaving Medal


Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.-- Tech Sgt. Chelsea E. Barber interviews Staff Sgt. Aaron Johnson, a crew chief with the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. In the interview, Johnson describes the events that led to him saving a life while working at DTE Energy’s Fermi 2 plant in Monroe, Mich.  | Photo By Staff Sgt. Andrew Schumann

Governor Rick Snyder Promotes MING Soldier from Macomb Township


Robert Maciolek, OIC of Cyber Defense Operations, Michigan Army National Guard, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Oct. 9, 2017, by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder at a Romney Building ceremony in downtown Lansing. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller)

International Sniper Competition 2017


Army Staff Sgts. Jaime Jimenez and Joshua Cavalier, both with the Army Guard’s Warrior Training Center, took home the second place win while fourth place went to Army Sgt. Daniel Rilett and Cpl. Trent Devos, both with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment. The “All-Guard” Team of Army Sgts. Nicholas Mitchell and Saykham Keophalychanh came in sixth.

Camp Grayling changes command


Change of Command ceremony on October 15th, 2017. The passing of the colors signify the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a Unit from one commanding officer to the other. (Michigan National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremie Mead/Released)

Soldier of the Year competition 2017


The Michigan Army National Guard held the Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition November 6-8, 2017. The competitors were measured against their peers in events testing aptitude in a broad range of Army skills including accountability, physical fitness and agility, day and night land navigation, weapons familiarization, weapons qualification, stress fire, an essay, and a 12-mile ruck march.

Col. Chris A. McKinney Promotion Ceremony


Maj. Gen. Michael A Stone, commander of the 46th Military Police Command, promoted Lt. Col. Chris A. McKinney to the rank of colonel in a ceremony held at the Reserved Forces Support Center in Lansing Michigan on Friday Nov. 17, 2017.

After nearly four years, Soldier wins fight against Army bureaucracy


It took almost four years, but Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Corder is finally getting his money. Corder, whose story of financial problems resulting from the Army’s bureaucratic mistakes was profiled in Military Times last spring, won a victory late last month before the Army Board for Correction of Military Records to have his medical records updated and to receive $100,000 through the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, or TSGLI, program.

U.S. Marine Recognized As The Local Veteran Of The Year


Steve Green was selected as the American Legion Post #106 Auxiliary’s Veteran of the Year at a ceremony held on Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11.

A native of Traverse City, Green enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1972 to 1974. He took the initiative to join the military because he would have been drafted.

“It was the Vietnam era, but I didn’t go to Vietnam,” Green said “I stayed in the United States.”