Category Archives: Military

Museum seeks WWII Navy pilots

NavyPilotsThe head of the National Museum of the Great Lakes is on a quest. He’s trying to locate Navy pilots who trained on Lake Michigan during World War II — a little-known chapter of the lake’s history.

Between 1942 and 1945, thousands of pilots landed planes on the USS Wolverine and USS Sable, two aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan. Among the pilots was former President George H.W. Bush. Continue reading

Michigan National Guard works to make bases resilient to climate change

610temp.newThe Michigan National Guard and the Air National Guard will work to make its bases – and the communities near them – resilient to climate change. This comes three years after President Obama signed an Executive Order that instructs federal agencies to help state and local leaders prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change.
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Marquette veteran’s home says it has already fixed problems in report

flagA veteran’s home in Marquette says it’s already fixed problems found by the state Auditor General. After a four month review, the auditor raised concerns about the D.J Jacobetti Home for Veterans control over medications and its background checks of volunteers.
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PBS WWII history documentary being shown in Traverse City this weekend

Photo courtesy: PBS

Photo courtesy: PBS

History that was largely forgotten is now resurfacing in the form of a documentary on PBS.

Heroes on Deck focuses on the history of World War II aircraft carriers found at the bottom of Lake Michigan and the pilots that trained on them.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is planning to pre-screen the film before it airs on PBS. Continue reading

Veteran health fair in Saginaw looking to improve vets’ overall health


A veteran health fair in Saginaw is hoping to help veterans to improve their eating habits, and to raise awareness for homeless veterans.

The health fair will have healthy eating tips, information on health benefits and weight loss programs available for veterans and their families. Continue reading

Documentary on police militarization airs Monday on CMU Public Television


A documentary focused on the militarization of police is airing Monday night on CMU Public Television.

The film is called Peace Officer. It follows a former sheriff in Utah as he investigates a SWAT team that killed his son-in-law. Continue reading

Two week multi-branch military training operation occurring in Northern Michigan

National Guard LogoDuring the first two weeks of April over a thousand soldiers from various military branches will descend on Northern Michigan for a joint training exercise.

Sergeant Jeremie Mead is the community relations specialist for Camp Grayling, where multiple parts of the exercise will take place.
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Seventy years later, man receives award for WWII service



IMG_7441It took seven decades, but at the Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Private First Class William Yoder was awarded both the bronze star and the purple heart  for his service in World War II.

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Genessee County is holding a veterans expo Nov. 6-7


Veterans in the tri-city area can receive free education and employment resources at an expo this weekend, November 6 and 7.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is hosting a veteran expo in Flint at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on 3501 Lapeer Road, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday. Continue reading

Reservist says village discriminated against him for military service

6th Circuit Court of AppealsIt’s starting to look like a military reservist could get his day in court. He says authorities in the village of Vicksburg near Kalamazoo discriminated against him because of his military service.
The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for David Eichaker (EYE’-ay-ker). He was an officer in the Vicksburg Police Department who sometimes served as the acting chief when his boss was away on military reserve duty.
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New statewide program to give more access to benefits for veterans

A new regional coordinator program will ensure that some 660,000 Michigan veterans and their dependents have easier access to services.03_01_01_01_Little_Logo

The Regional Coordinator Program was created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), to better service Michigan veterans.

Through the program, veterans have access to a system of coordinated services right in their own communities.
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Camp Grayling to hold thousands of soldiers for training exercises

A Michigan Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller, U.S. Army.

A Michigan Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller, U.S. Army.

Training exercises for the National Guard, Marines and Air Force are underway this week in Grayling and Alpena.

Northern Strike is a training exercise held by the Michigan National Guard. This will be it’s 4th year. Continue reading