Wheels Up
Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from 2nd Battalion, 135th Alpha Company, Denver, Colo., depart to a refueling point after a long day of training at Northern Strike 18, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich., Aug. 6, 2018. Northern Strike 18 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting service members from many states, multiple service branches and a number of 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. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Clark/released)