Northern Strike military exercises at Camp Grayling, Michigan

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Northern Strike is one of the Department of Defense’s largest reserve component readiness exercises and takes place annually at Camp Grayling, Michigan.

Over 5,000 participants from various states and countries will converge at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center for training focused on expeditionary skills, command and control, sustainment and joint integrated fires.

Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 1st Battalion, 126th Cavalry Regiment patrol through the 40 Complex on Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center as part of Northern Strike 15, July 20, 2015. NS 15 is a mass training exercise hosted annually on CGJMTC and evaluates joint air-to-ground capability of participating units from across the state and abroad. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)

The NADWC is made up of Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center.

The training area consists of 148,000 acres of maneuver space and more than 17,000 square miles of special-use airspace.

“This exercise serves as a great opportunity for our multicomponent, multinational, and interagency partners to develop into efficient, joint warfighters. Training like we may be called on to fight is critical in preparing to confront a near-peer adversary in the future,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Northern Strike military exercises at Camp Grayling, Michigan

The Michigan National Guard began hosting Northern Strike in 2012 and it has since grown into a joint, multi-national exercise program.

The exercise provides participants with scenario-based training and mission essential tasks.

This year’s exercise will feature participants from all three Army components, Air Force active duty and Guard, as well as both Marine and Navy components.

Units from the United Kingdom, Latvia, and Liberia are also expected to participate.

Northern Strike military exercises at Camp Grayling, Michigan (photo Mike Krebs, Record Eagle)

Northern Strike allows military research agencies to address challenges in military operations, including artificial intelligence, software, communication, automated equipment and space operations.

The DMVA says that Northern Strike is critical to the local economy in Grayling and Alpena. The exercise contributes $30 million to Michigan’s economy annually in military pay, travel and local spending.

Homepage

https://minationalguard.dodlive.mil/NADWC/Northern-Strike/

Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 1st Battalion, 126th Cavalry Regiment await extraction on the air-to-ground gunnery range on Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center after a combined live-fire exercise as part of Northern Strike 15, July 20, 2015. NS 15 is a mass training exercise hosted annually on CGJMTC and evaluates joint air-to-ground capability of participating units from across the country as well as partnering nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)

 

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center

4 Howe Road

Grayling, MI 49739

Northern Strike military exercises at Camp Grayling, Michigan

The JMTC is the largest National Guard training facility in the United States. It comprises 148,000 acres of four-seasons training lands, 337 square-km of restricted airspace, and up to 6000 Hz spectrum available.

Camp Grayling supports the summer and winter Northern Strike joint exercises, and National Guard Exportable Combat Training Center Exercises. Camp Grayling provides premier facilities including a Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, two impact areas for indirect fire and aerial weapon systems up to 500-pounds, and three live-fire shoot houses.

Specialized facilities include the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site for pooled equipment, Multipurpose Range Complex capable of armor/crew served weapons and Combined Live Fire Exercise, and an Army Airfield with two 5,000-foot runways.

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