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MING hosts Community Day to showcase Exercise Northern Strike

Michigan National Guard hosts Community Day to showcase Exercise Northern Strike and the National All-Domain Warfighting Center

LANSING, Mich. – Exercise Northern Strike will be held July 19-31 at Michigan’s newly renamed National All-Domain Warfighting Center, which encompasses Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Center. Northern Strike is the Department of Defense’s largest annual joint, reserve component readiness event. Annually, Northern Strike brings thousands of participants and dozens of military aircraft from across the nation to Northern Michigan to train for the future war fight.


The Michigan National Guard is hosting a Community Day, inviting members of the community to observe a Joint Firepower Demonstration, including A10’s and F-16’s from the Air National Guard and field artillery from the Army National Guard conducting integrated fire missions.


“The unique training areas that are part of Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center are critically important nationally for joint training and innovation,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). “Across Michigan, the communities near our training installations are important partners, and we are proud to host them on Community Day.”


Community Day activities will take place at the Range 40 Complex of Camp Grayling. A display of military equipment and joint firepower demonstration will take place between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.  From the intersection of West County Road 612 and North Bear Lake Road in Grayling, follow signs north on North Bear Lake Road to the designated parking area.


Michigan National Guard medical officials have worked hand-in-hand with local public health authorities to establish a robust risk-mitigation plan for Northern Strike that incorporates COVID-19 guidance implemented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These countermeasures will be in place for Community Day, and include screening, social distancing, required use of masks when social distancing is not possible, and frequent sanitization.  In accordance with current restrictions, crowd-size will be limited on a first-come, first serve basis.