The Michigan National Guard will be hosting units from Canada, Latvia and Poland in "Northern Strike 2016",  a planned exercise at the beginning of August, across the northern Lower Peninsula.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/ released) Used by permission

These military units from Michigan, Latvia, Canada and Poland, will be active in northern Michigan from Aug. 1-20, as part of the newest installment of Exercise Northern Strike. Exercise Northern Strike is a unique military training exercise because it combines air and ground combat capability drills into in one super-sized training exercise.

Approximately 5,000 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines will be participating in the exercise with the bulk of personnel operating from bases at Camp Grayling and at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. Live fire exercises involving small arms, mortars, artillery and aerial munitions will occur within the Camp Grayling property periodically between Aug. 1 and Aug. 20.

The primary exercise focus is meeting the training needs of the specific units participating, but NS16 also showcases numerous Michigan National Guard training facilities available for use by military, law enforcement and related security and environmental organizations.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount, 126th Press Camp, Michigan Army National Guard/Released) Used by permission.