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    Northern Strike 18 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting over 5,000 service members from many states, multiple service branches, and nine coalition countries during the first three weeks of August 2018 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, both located in northern Michigan and operated by the Michigan National Guard. The accredited Joint National Training Capabilities exercise demonstrates the Michigan National Guard's ability to provide accessible, readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command, air, sea, and ground maneuver integration, together with the synchronization of fires in a joint, multinational, decisive action environment.
  • CRW Airmen expand operational capabilities during Northern Strike

    The distinctive sound of aircraft propellers echoed over the airfield as dozens of aircraft arrived to take part in the joint and multi-national exercise called Northern Strike 2018 from Aug. 4 through 18.The 821st Contingency Response Group from Travis Air Force Base, California, deployed two small teams in support of the exercise. With one team
  • Northern Strike 2018

    “Each year, the training opportunities provided by Northern Strike get better and better,” said Col. John Miner, Alpena CRTC commander. “From all four Department of Defense components to our coalition partners, we've not seen another exercise that combines the multi-spectrum, multi-domain, and joint live-fire integration into one exercise like Northern Strike does.”
  • Initial phase of Alpena PFOS/PFOA investigation complete, confirms drinking water meets EPA standard

    Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center has received results from groundwater tests conducted last year to assess the risk for contamination related to the substances PFOS and PFOA. (Air National Guard photo by Sara Seymour/Released)
  • Col. John Miner: Training center's new leader excited, at home in Alpena

    ALPENA, Mich. – Col. John Miner took command of Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in a ceremony held on base Nov. 28. He succeeds Col. Andrew Roberts, who had led the CRTC since 2014.The change of command ceremony was officiated by Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, Commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, who offered Miner a charge.“I’m going
  • The President of the Republic of Latvia bestows rare medal to Col. J. Andrew Roberts

    LANSING, Mich. --The President of the Republic of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis, presented the prestigious Order of Viesturs medal to Col. J. Andrew Roberts, commander of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and former bilateral affairs officer to Latvia, Friday, Sept. 23, at the Michigan National Guard, Joint Forces Readiness Center in
  • Michigan National Guard to host Northern Strike 2016

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  • Michigan National Guard appoints senior enlisted advisor

    LANSING, Mich. --Chief Master Sgt. Alan VanPate has been appointed as the senior enlisted advisor for the Michigan National Guard. VanPate will now serve as a senior advisor to Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general for the Michigan Army and Air National Guard, a force of more than 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen. He is the first member of the
  • Training exercise, Arctic Eagle, to take place at Camp Grayling, Alpena, Rogers City, Cheboygan and Mackinaw City.

    Lansing, Mich.-Artic Eagle, a joint, military training exercise, will take place at Camp Grayling, Grayling Munson Hospital, Alpena Air Guard Base, Rogers City port, Cheboygan port and Mackinaw City from April 1-14. Click here from more of the story.
  • Alpena CRTC hosts international canine training

    Lansing, Mich.-For one week each fall, the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center looks more like a kennel facility than a Michigan National Guard military training site. Click here for more of the story.
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