Michigan National Guard starts Northern Strike 2015

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aircraft from more than a dozen military units will be operating in northern Michigan over the next several weeks as part of a major training exercise involving military personnel from Canada, Latvia, Poland, Australia and 20 states’ military forces. Northern Strike is unique in that it combines both air and ground combat capabilities in one training exercise. [...]

Vietnam veteran uses poetry and exercise to cope with war

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

BY SAMANTHA MACK Michael Stephens wrote a poem while in the hospital in 1968 during the Vietnam War (see sidebar). This act of creativity began his lifelong journey to personal healing. Michael was drafted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 7, 1967. He worked up through the ranks in the jungle of Vietnam and became a squad leader, a Sergeant E5. “It was a stressful [...]

Angstman graduates with honors

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Navy Seaman Recruit Emily N. Angstman, daughter of John E. Angstman of Rockford, recently graduated from Operations Specialist School with honors. During the course at the Center for Surface Combat System Unit, Great Lakes, Ill., Angstman learned to operate surveillance and search radars, recognize and identify electronic signals, control aircraft approach devices and [...]

Sizemore completes basic training

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas R. Sizemore recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training [...]

Carrier completes Officer Candidate School

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Army 2nd Lt. Kevin D. Carrier has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During the 12 weeks of training, the officer candidate received “basic soldiering” instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons [...]
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