Military from Across the Globe In Northern Michigan for Unique Exercise

Military forces from around the world are in Northern Michigan for a unique training exercise called Northern Strike.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, and U.S. Navy from twenty states, along with 8 countries, all gathered together in Northern Michigan.

“It’s amazing, it’s great actually. I love meeting other people it’s one of the reasons I joined the military, and I get to see different places and talking with different host nations and see how they operate differently than how we operate,” said Sgt. Joshua Alprete, National Guard.

Northern Strike is the largest military exercise of its kind. It is set apart from the rest by how it brings all five branches of the military together.

It’s Sgt. Alprete’s first time at Northern Strike.

“We have different branches here different, nations here,” said Sgt. Alprete. “We can teach each other so if one branch does something really well they can teach that to us and we can show them this is what we do and this is what we can bring to the table.”

Sgt. Richard Boyer has been part of the exercise since it started 8 years ago.

“I was on the initial team that helped create the exercise and brought it up here,” said Sgt. Boyer, U.S. Air Force. “This started from the need to get that joint live fire training and it’s grown into this massive thing that it is.”

A lot of what’s happening over the course of Northern Strike is different groups will actually be battling each other. They use smoke screen and fire guns with blanks to give the feel and sound of a real life combat situation.

Training like this will continue until Northern Strike ends on August 2.