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Gov. Whitmer Calls Deployed Troops to Wish Them Happy Holidays

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called members of the Michigan National Guard (MING) who are actively deployed around the world to wish them Happy Holidays.

Gov. Whitmer spoke to Airmen currently serving in Guantanamo Bay and Djibouti, in support of U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Africa Command, respectively; Soldiers serving in Arizona and Texas in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement missions along the U.S. Southwest border; and Soldiers serving in Maryland in support of U.S. Cyber Command. These brave Airmen and Soldiers are tackling a wide range of challenges in each of their respective missions, bringing their expertise in operations, logistics, engineering, construction, communications and cyber security to get the job done. They are members of the:

  • 110th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard (Battle Creek)
  • 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard (Harrison Township)
  • Bravo Company of the 1-112th Security and Support, Michigan Army National Guard (Grand Ledge)
  • 172nd Cyber Protection Team of the Michigan Army National Guard (Lansing)
“Michiganders who serve in uniform sacrifice precious time with their families during the holiday season to keep us safe,” said Gov. Whitmer. “They step up to protect Michigan communities and work hard to perform their duties on missions around the nation and the world. As we gather with loved ones this holiday season, I encourage every Michigander to reflect on and honor our service members and their families and pray for their safe return home.”

“Today, there are more than 1,000 members of the MING serving away from their homes and families,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Whether updating electrical infrastructure or providing logistics and operations management, supporting the efforts at the Southwest Border or maintaining critical cyber security infrastructure, their selflessness and loyalty to their mission should be honored. We look forward to welcoming each unit and individual home safely to their families.”