Michigan National Guard Training Centers to Engage in Northern Strike Training Exercise

Northern Strike 2013 is a National Guard Bureau sponsored Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) emphasizing Close Air Support (CAS) and Indirect Fire Support, both Current Operations/Counterinsurgency and Major Combat Operations scenarios, as well as Counter-sea/Maritime Interdiction operations. The focus of the event is to provide requirements-based training emphasizing elements of the Theater Air Ground System (TAGS). Specifically, this exercise emphasizes doctrinal elements of the Theater Air Control System (TACS) and Army Air to Ground System (AAGS) with additional emphasis on the integration of Joint Fire Support, Air Operations Center and Maritime Control operations.

Northern Strike 2013 will provide tailored, cost effective, and realistic combat training for our National Guard in a Joint and Multinational environment. Twenty-four units from 12 States and two Coalition partners will participate in the two-week event. Operation Northern Strike will occur from Aug. 4 – 17, 2013, at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center. Over 500 Total Force fighter, bomber, mobility, special operation forces, and rotary sorties are planned in order to meet stated objectives for participating units.


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