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Exercise Northern Strike returns

Submitted by on July 18, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Military units from the U.S., U.K., Bulgaria, Estonia, Jordan, Latvia and the Netherlands will converge on the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and Camp Grayling Monday, for the start of Exercise Northern Strike 19.

With approximately 5,700 participating soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines, Northern Strike is one of the largest reserve component exercises supported by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Its mission is to maximize the full-spectrum combat readiness of National Guard units through realistic, cost-effective joint fires training in an adaptable environment, with an emphasis on cooperation between joint and coalition forces.

The CRTC will be the focal point of air operations during the exercise. At least 10 different types of fixed wing aircraft and four types of helicopters, including the Blackhawk will be buzzing around the skies.

Simulated-fire exercises will be held at the Carmeuse Lime and Stone Calcite Quarry in Rogers City and other locations.

This is the eighth year the Alpena CRTC has hosted Exercise Northern Strike. Officials from the Air National Guard say the influx of visiting troops provides a boost to the local economy, with an estimated $2 million in revenue.

The Exercise continues through August 2.