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State Elected Leadership to Join MING for New Hangar Groundbreaking Ceremony

light-skinned men wearing hardhats shoveling dirt at ceremony

New $23 million maintenance facility to accommodate aircraft ranging in size and mission from F-35s and F-15EXs to C-17s and KC-46s

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan National Guard (MING) officials along with state elected leadership will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hangar at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC). The new hangar will replace an aging legacy facility dating back to the 1950s, providing secure space to support 5th Generation Fighters and positioning the Alpena CRTC, one of only four CRTCs in the Air National Guard, to deliver premier training support well into the 21st century. U.S. Senator Gary Peters, who will be in attendance, secured $23 million in federal funding for the project through his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“The Alpena CRTC provides critical training to not only Michigan's National Guard personnel, but also U.S. service members and our partners across the world,” said Senator Peters. "I helped secure this investment to ensure that Alpena is capable of hosting the most modern aircraft and will continue to serve as a premier training venue for our service members, allies and partners who directly support our national security."

WHO: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan DMVA; U.S. Senator Gary Peters; U.S. Air Force Col. James Rossi, commander of the Alpena CRTC
WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Hangar
WHEN: October 6, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., please arrive by 1 p.m. at the main gate for check-in and escort. 
WHERE: Alpena CRTC, 5884 A St., Alpena, MI 49707

All major features, from hangar doors to fall protection, are designed to accommodate the full suite of Department of Defense aircraft. This project provides a 20,000 square foot single-bay maintenance hangar to accommodate various aircraft and approximately 4,000 square feet of multipurpose shops. Anticipated to engage over 20 subcontractors and suppliers, this project is expected to employ between 250 to 300 construction workers during its execution. The total investment for this project is $23 million funded through the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act. 

Media are invited to attend the Friday afternoon ceremony for remarks by MING officials and U.S. Senator Gary Peters and a groundbreaking photo opportunity. To RSVP, please contact Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or


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