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  • Michigan-Latvia partnership expands regional airfield operations coordination

    Members of the Michigan Air National Guard and the Latvian Air Force pose Nov. 15, 2019 after a planning meeting at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia, to chart cooperation under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program over the coming year
  • Alpena Celebrates Memorial Day

    Alpena CRTC Commander speaks at Memorial Day Ceremony “To me, the message they leave is a simple one,” he said. “‘Don’t mourn my loss, celebrate it. Allow my sacrifice to mean something. Above all else, treasure the gift of life and the opportunity to live in a free country and preserve it and protect it.’ Be a person deserving of their sacrifice and be a better human being.”
  • Michigan Air National Guard HAZMAt Training Grows Capability, Multinational Partnerships

    ALPENA, Mich. – From March 8 -17, 2018, a multinational training and exercise event for Mine Safety Appliance, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) maintenance and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) handling was facilitated by the Michigan Air National Guard at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich. The 80-hour HAZMAT curriculum, certified by the State of Michigan and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), was attended by five military firefighters from Latvia and two aircraft maintenance officers from Bulgaria. The Latvian participants are from Lielvārde Air Base, the primary military airfield in Latvia which supports NATO, U.S. and Latvian air operations in Latvia and the Baltic region. The Bulgarian Air Force personnel hail from Graf Ignatievo Air Base. Since 2013, Lielvārde’s fire department has been working with Michigan Air National Guard counterparts under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program (SPP) while...
  • Col. John Miner: Training centers new leader excited, at home in

    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
  • General Grass Visits Michigan National Guard

    General Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits the Michigan National Guard during Northern Strike 15. In addition to observing combined arms live fire exercises at The Camp Grayling Air to Ground ranger in Grayling, Michigan, additionally he toured the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Additionally

    The Alpena CRTC offers success and one of the training areas that shine is the Fire Fighter Training Aids. These training aids offer real life scenarios, from rappelling off 40ft towers to live fire simulation and flash over training. Water and ice rescue training along with basic land navigation and GPS course. Live Fire training of a burn tower,