Winter Strike military exercises @ Camp Grayling, Michigan

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Arctic military training returning to Northern Michigan during ‘coldest part of the year’

GRAYLING, MI – Military personnel from across the United States will be in Northern Michigan this month for Arctic training.

Winter Strike,” sponsored by the National Guard, is a variation of “Northern Strike,” which has been held in Northern Michigan for the last nine years.

“Winter Strike” will take place at Camp Grayling and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center from January 21-30, 2022.

It is held annually during the coldest part of the year.

Winter Strike military exercises @ Camp Grayling, Michigan

Snow, high winds, and single-digit temperatures are commonplace, allowing visiting units to train in subarctic conditions without the cost of traveling to more remote locations such as Alaska.

Michigan has some of the best military training facilities in the country, which makes it the perfect place for visiting units and defense industry partners to work together in a complex, all-domain environment,” said Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Northern Strike is one of the reasons our state is receiving national recognition as an innovator in the future of warfighting.”

This is the third year for “Winter Strike.” The summer iteration, “Northern Strike,” is scheduled to take place in August, but the winter version is key for units that may not have access to frigid temperatures like those felt during Michigan’s winters.

“Being able to operate in cold weather is a critical skill for any warfighter to possess,” said Lt. Col. Adam Jenzen, Northern Strike land component exercise director.

Michigan will certainly provide ample opportunities for cold-weather training in the coming weeks. MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa is forecasting arctic air to move into the state throughout the week.

Winter Strike military exercises @ Camp Grayling, Michigan

In addition to enhancing the nation’s defense capabilities, the exercise series also serves as an important boost to the local economy. According to officials, it brings an average of $30 million to Michigan’s economy annually in military pay, travel, and local spending in Northern Michigan.

“Everything we do at Northern Strike would not be possible without the support we receive from the local community,” Jenzen said. “Northern Michigan is truly one of the most military-friendly communities in the country. Protecting them and our nation is why we train as hard as we do.”

Camp Grayling is the USA’s largest National Guard facility for air and ground combat training.

The 147,000-acre facility spans parts of Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego counties and includes 95 miles of forest roads.


Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center

4 Howe Road

Grayling, MI 49739


Camp Grayling



Winter Strike military exercises @ Camp Grayling, Michigan

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