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State Elected Leadership to Join Michigan National Guard for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Grayling Army Airfield Armory

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Ceremony will highlight construction of new facilities for women service members

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan National Guard (MING) officials along with state elected leadership will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) Grayling Army Airfield Armory on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. at 485 I-75 BL, Grayling. 

The ceremony will highlight the effort to modernize the MIARNG facility to better serve Michigan’s women soldiers including the addition of new shower and toilet facilities and a lactation room.

“It's encouraging to see continued progress in supporting women for their extraordinary contributions, dedication and sacrifices serving in the military,” said State Senator Michele Hoitenga. “The National Guard is stronger as a whole when women in the service are supported and these much-needed facility improvements reinforce the military’s commitment to them.”

The Grayling Army Airfield Armory is one of 33 facilities across Michigan that is targeted for modernization. At the time this facility was constructed in 1972, the structure and composition of the MIARNG force was primarily male and facilities, like restrooms and showers, were designed with that in mind. The total investment for this project is $3.1 million ($2.4 million federal/$700,000 state).

“I am pleased to see the Grayling Army Airfield Armory will be getting these much-needed improvements,” said State Representative Ken Borton. “They will go a long way to better meet the needs of women serving in Michigan’s National Guard.”

Media are invited to attend the Friday morning ceremony for a brief tour of the new facilities, remarks by MING officials and a ribbon cutting photo opportunity and should plan to be in place no later than 9:45 a.m. To RSVP, please contact Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or

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