Camp Grayling showcases Maneuver Training Center
LANSING – Camp Grayling, one of the premier military installations in the nation, celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 20. Located in northern Michigan, it is the largest National Guard joint training center in the U.S. covering 147,000 acres crossing three counties and training not only active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, but also more than 100 law enforcement agencies and units from Canada, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Serbia.
“Camp Grayling is one of our nation’s best kept secrets. We provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training for all four seasons. Reserve and Active Component Commanders can utilize Camp Grayling’s Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, the Urban Assault Course, and the Live-Fire Shoot House that portray the complexity and human dimension of the modern battlefield. Camp Grayling has everything necessary to assist military leaders in developing trained, competent Soldiers for full-spectrum operations,” stated Col. Erich Randall, Garrison Commander Camp Grayling.
The camp was founded in 1913 on a land grant to the state from lumber baron Rasmus Hanson, and since then every major conflict the United States has fought in has featured troops trained on those hallowed grounds.
The celebration, hosted by the Camp Grayling Historical Society, honored fallen Michigan Soldiers during the morning pass in review ceremony that featured units in mass formation assembled for review by Governor Rick Snyder and Adjutant General Greg Vadnais and an emotionally moving 21-gun salute.
Visiting military dignitaries, defense industry engineers, local musicians and vendors, along with approximately 4,000 Michigan service members were also on hand to celebrate the center’s milestone.