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Gov. Whitmer Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Grand Ledge Armory to Highlight Modernized Facilities for Women Service Members

Grand Ledge Armory Womens Showers with bench in foreground

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer along with Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly modernized Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) Grand Ledge Armory.

There are nearly 1,500 tough, strong women serving in the MIARNG, a number that has grown over the last couple of years, but few of the facilities that guard members use have been updated to serve women in uniform,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Earlier this year, in my fourth balanced, bipartisan state budget, we included $100 million to modernize our state’s armories to better serve the women who serve our state. The Grand Ledge Armory is the first of 33 facilities statewide that will be upgraded with new facilities to ensure women in uniform have the same basic facilities their male counterparts have and can stay focused on their mission. I will work with anyone to support the brave service members of Michigan’s National Guard. They keep us safe at home and oceans away and we must have their backs.”

"I'm excited that we’ve reached this significant milestone of completing the first modernization project and I’m looking forward to monitoring our progress at the Grayling Army Airfield Armory and getting underway at seven additional locations this year,” said Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “As more women join the MIARNG, these new facilities are vital to make sure our troops feel supported and have the resources necessary to thrive and be mission-ready.”

Maj. Gen. Rogers and Gov. Whitmer highlighted the work that is being done to modernize MIARNG facilities to better serve Michigan’s women soldiers including the addition of new shower and toilet facilities and lactation rooms.

The ceremony comes shortly after Gov. Whitmer signed into law the State of Michigan’s fiscal year 2023 budget, which authorized $100 million in funds ($50 million state/$50 million federal) to modernize current facilities used by the MIARNG to address inequities that exist in the facilities provided to Michigan’s women service members. Of the 33 facilities targeted for modernization with this investment, Grayling Army Airfield Armory is slated to be completed next while construction will commence shortly at seven additional facilities this calendar year: Albion Armory, Gladstone Armory, Ishpeming Armory, Kalamazoo Armory, Port Huron Armory, Traverse City Armory and Washtenaw Armory. 

Standing up for service members, veterans and military families:

Gov. Whitmer has worked to ensure Michigan’s veterans, service members and their families have the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

  • Signed bipartisan bills to make it easier for military service members, veterans and their dependents to enter a licensed profession. 

     

  • Supported transferring tuition assistance from service members to spouses under the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Program.  

     

  • Reinvigorated the Michigan Veteran Friendly Schools Program, to highlight Michigan educational institutions that support the needs of military-connected students.  

     

  • Worked with hundreds of employers to promote veteran-friendly hiring practices to help overcome employment shortages caused by the pandemic. 

     

  • Increased funding for veteran's services organizations.  

     

  • Created Check on MIVet, serving over 500 families requesting a check-in on their veteran from the Michigan Veterans Resource Service Center.

 

B-Roll footage is available here: https://bit.ly/3dNxce5.