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Alpena CRTC represented at Latvia’s Independence Day Parade

Submitted by on December 4, 2019 – 12:38 amNo Comment

Members of the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) and other Michigan National Guard installations recently took part in the Republic of Latvia’s 101st Independence Day parade.

Overall, more than 800 military personnel from 21 Allied countries took part in the parade, which was held in the capital city of Riga and celebrated the anniversary of Latvia’s emergence from the Russian Empire in 1918.

Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Wohlford and Staff Sgt. Eric Kruse, both of the Alpena CRTC, were part of the U.S. color guard at the November 18 parade.

“I’ve been coming to Latvia since 2012 and I’ve probably seen this parade every year since then, so I understand what it means to have this opportunity to represent our partnership here,” said Wohlford. “I think it was really great when our Latvian counterparts came up to us after the parade and thanked us for doing this – it kind of drives home what our cooperation is all about: it’s that connection that matters.”

The Michigan National Guard has had a 26-year relationship with Latvia, primarily in defense training. That includes exercise Northern Strike, which is held annually at the Alpena base and Camp Grayling.