Camp Grayling Range Firing Schedule & Road Closures (July 26-August 1, 2021)
July 26 - August 1
GRAYLING, Mich. – Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, and the Michigan National Guard are busy hosting 4,000-5,000service members participating in Northern Strike. Heralded as one of the largest reserve component exercises funded by the National Guard Bureau, the multi-national, joint exercise will see participation from the UK, Latvia, and Liberia.
“Foundation Week,” officially begins July 26th, however troops began arriving mid-week. The service members will conduct reception, staging, onward movement, and integration operations, or JRSOI. Right now Camp Grayling and Alpena CRTC are receiving service members as they arrive and direct them to where they need to be. They will prepare their weapons, vehicles, and equipment and stage them for the beginning of the exercise. They then move “onward” into a field training, the live-fire exercise environment, and integrating under the direction of the exercise authority. The service members then reverse the process as they prepare to depart for home station during the second weekend of August.
This year’s training exercise focuses on sustainment and logistics, yet the training remains highly kinetic. The special use restricted airspace above the Range 13 (mortars), 30 (MPRC), & 40 (Artillery & Air-to-Ground) Complexes will be very active for most of the event. Thus, local residents can expect increased military vehicles and aircraft, weapons firing, and training activity to occur at all hours of the day and night. This means most roads and trails in and around the ranges and training areas will be CLOSED to civilian traffic for their safety.
Airborne and waterborne operations are key events taking place this year. Temporary beach access and boating limitations will occur July 31st for air and waterborne operations in and around Lake Margarethe. COL Meyers asks boaters to remain flexible, and use good standoff distances near military vehicles, water and aircraft.
This combined live-fire training is an extremely important skillset to achieve in a joint, multi-national, all domain environment. COL Meyers knows this is a community effort to achieve success during Northern Strike and extends his thanks for the community support we are receiving.
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