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  • Michigan National Guard helps get food to those in need

    The Michigan National Guard is helping a charitable food distribution network complete its mission despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.Michigan Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen spent part of August working at the Forgotten Harvest food bank in Royal Oak, helping sort, process and ship the 138,000 pounds of food the charity delivers
  • Michigan National Guard helps test food workers for COVID-19

    HOLLAND, Mich. – Protecting all Michigan residents, including seasonal food workers, is a tall order. The Michigan National Guard is helping. At the beginning of August, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put out an emergency order requiring all agricultural and food processing workers who are living in migrant housing camps be
  • 174th MXG hot-pit maintenance key to Northern Strike 20

    ALPENA, Mich. – A significant portion of Northern Strike’s joint fires readiness training depends on airpower and the close air support it provides. These capabilities are present, thanks in large part to a unique team of maintainers from the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Maintenance Group, Detachment 1.Since 2012, this team has been a
  • 164th Security Forces Squadron trains at Northern Strike 20

    ROGERS CITY, Mich. – Northern Strike’s purpose is to help prepare warfighters from across all service branches by perfecting joint fire proficiency in a premier all-domain training environment. To hone their skills, the participants need a skilled and realistic “enemy” to fight, which is where the 164th Security Forces Squadron comes in.A team of
  • Michigan National Guard provides COVID-19 testing in Flint

    FLINT, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard provided free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Flint and Genesee County residents July 9-10.To help slow the spread of the virus, the 182nd Task Force deployed 27 members of the Air National Guard to the Shiloh Missionary Church in partnership with the Genesee County health department and other state
  • Michigan National Guard tests at long-term care facilities

    LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan National Guard visited three long-term care facilities May 28 to assist with continued COVID-19 testing in Berrien County.This initiative is part of the Michigan National Guard’s collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the State Emergency Operations Center to assist with voluntary
  • Joint innovation a hallmark of Michigan Guard's response

    LANSING, Mich. – Nearly sixty days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the Michigan National Guard for COVID-19 humanitarian support, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Bryan Teff, assistant adjutant general – air and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, is reflecting on the challenges and triumphs of the Guard’s response.“It has required a
  • Guard's COVID-19 response is largest since Hurricane Katrina

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 47,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard are activated to help fight COVID-19 in the Guard’s largest domestic response effort since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 51,000 Guard members responded to Katrina. While Katrina response efforts were in a concentrated area along the Gulf Coast, COVID-19 response
  • Michigan Guard finding new ways to recruit in COVID-19 era

    LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Army and Air National Guard recruiting professionals are faced with a new and unique challenge – recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using innovation to come up with new ways to meet the mission.“We are typically seen in the public such as schools and colleges,” said Sgt. First Class Joel Burkhart,
  • Michigan National Guard supports COVID detection effort

    LANSING, Mich. – While almost 750 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to distribute food, manage supplies and support alternate care facilities to fight COVID-19, two specially trained Guard members are assisting the state's Bureau of Laboratories.In a typical flu season, the lab tests 1,000 flu specimens, said Dr. Diana Riner, a
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