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Honoring Ajax Materials Corporation

At the 9 June 12 awards banquet in Lansing, MI, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) recognized Michigan businesses that truly take care of their employees who are also in the military reserves or National Guard. The Pro Patria...

Honoring the Kalamazoo Dept of Public Safety

At the 9 June 12 awards banquet in Lansing, MI, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) recognized Michigan businesses that truly take care of their employees who are also in the military reserves or National Guard. The Pro Patria...

Honoring Uniform Color Company

At the 9 June 12 awards banquet in Lansing, MI, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) recognized Michigan businesses that truly take care of their employees who are also in the military reserves or National Guard. The Pro Patria...

Our National Guard in WW I

On 20 Sep 1917, the 26th “Yankee” Division (a National Guard unit from CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) became the first American division to arrive in Europe during WWI. More than one million American soldiers and Marines joined them by war’s end in...

My first trip to Michigan

In the early morning of July 23, 1967, one of the worst riots in US history broke out in the heart of Detroit’s predominantly African American inner city. When it was quelled 4 days later by 7,000 National Guard and Army troops, 43 people were...

SSG Amy Gould

Today Michigan’s new governor, Rick Snyder, was sworn in. He has quite a challenge ahead of him; he has my best wishes and prayers. Singing the National Anthem at the ceremony was the Michigan Army National Guard’s Staff Sergeant Amy...

Arizona – again

In response to the dangerous situation along the US-Mexican border President Obama has mobilized some national guardsmen. Unfortunately, these soldiers have no authority to do anything but look and report–and there aren’t enough of them...

Go Greenville

Most mornings, soldiers of the 1073rd Maintenance Co., from my neighbor city of Greenville, MI, escort local nationals working with their Dept of Public Works, from the entry gate, onto Joint Base Balad. The troops escort about 150 Iraqis to their...

Breaking Ice with the USCG

Yesterday I escorted a group of Michigan employers to the US Coast Guard Station at St. Ignace, MI. It’s right at the narrow straights that a great deal of ship traffic uses to move lots of cargo, 12 months a year. But it gets cold up there...