Northern Strike Returns to Northern Michigan

Northern Strike is one of the Department of Defense’s largest reserve component readiness exercises and is scheduled to take place July 31 to August 14.

5,100 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.

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.

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 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.

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