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Northern Strike 20 to continue as National Guard’s premier joint fires exercise, with COVID-19 precautions in place

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Northern Strike 20 to continue as National Guard’s premier joint fires exercise, with COVID-19 precautions in place

by Capt. Andrew Layton
Michigan National Guard

LANSING, Mich. – Since 2012, exercise Northern Strike has been held annually at Michigan National Guard training facilities, morphing over time into the Department of Defense’s largest annual joint, reserve component readiness event. This year the exercise will look different, but will still take place as the DoD’s premier joint fires integration training opportunity.

Northern Strike 20 will be held July 19-31 at Michigan’s newly renamed National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. The Michigan National Guard, in partnership with public health officials, has developed a comprehensive plan that allows Northern Strike to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic while safeguarding participants and local communities.

“Northern Strike is designed to challenge training audiences with multiple forms of convergence that advance interoperability across multicomponent, multinational, and interagency partners,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “The exercise also presents a premier opportunity for Army Futures and Defense Industry partners to test emerging technologies for the future warfight.”

Read more: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/372831/northern-strike-20-continue-national-guards-premier-joint-fires-exercise-with-covid-19-precautions-place