michigan national guard http://michiganradio.org en Improving cybersecurity in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-cybersecurity-michigan <p>Improving cyber security across Michigan is the goal of a new training center that opened today in Battle Creek.</p><p></p><p>The&nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.merit.edu/cyberrange/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Cyber Range</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will mainly train National Guardsmen to identify </span>cyberattacks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p>But it will also provide training for civilians.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:34:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 16971 at http://michiganradio.org Improving cybersecurity in Michigan Keeping tabs on how the shutdown is affecting Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan <p><em>The shutdown of the federal government is here. Now what?</em></p><p><em>We&#39;ll keep tabs on the people, programs, and places being affected by the shutdown on this post. Drop us a note below if you&#39;re affected by the shutdown or if you know of a program that we haven&#39;t mentioned.</em></p><p><em>If you&#39;ve sat this story out, and need some &quot;Shutdown 101,&quot; the Washington Post&#39;s WonkBlog&nbsp;has &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-government-shutdown-will-work/">Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work.</a>&quot; That should about cover it.</em></p><p><em><strong>*We will update this post as we learn more information</strong></em></p><p>The shutdown shakes things out into two silos.</p><ol><li>&quot;Essential&quot; services/personnel, and</li><li>&quot;Non-essential&quot; services/personnel. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & Mark Brush 14655 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping tabs on how the shutdown is affecting Michigan Michigan National Guard leader warns against cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-national-guard-leader-warns-against-cuts <p>The general who runs Michigan&rsquo;s Army and Air National Guard is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120217/METRO03/202170438/1361/Selfridge-head--Keep-current-levels-of-guardsmen">warning about what he calls ill-advised cuts</a>.</p><p>The Air Force wants to retire 286 aircraft over the next five years to accommodate a new national defense strategy and shrinking budget.</p><p>Major General Gregory Vadnais told reservists at the Battle Creek and Selfridge Air National Guard bases Friday that those bases would lose 673 positions because of proposed Air Force budget cuts.</p> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:44:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6275 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan National Guard leader warns against cuts Michigan National Guard soldiers to train military in Liberia http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-national-guard-soldiers-train-military-liberia <p>Twenty-five members of the Michigan National Guard are off to west Africa to&nbsp; help train Liberia&rsquo;s fledgling military force. The nation was established in 1822 by freed U-S slaves. It is now recovering from many years of civil war.</p><p>Captain Corissa Barton is with the Michigan Guard. She said the project is a welcome change from the Guard&rsquo;s normal deployments in recent years.</p><p>&ldquo;This just is not, especially in the last 10 years, not our typical mission. We&rsquo;re used to going to Iraq and Afghanistan, so being able to do something like this - that&rsquo;s a little bit different, the troops get excited about it,&rdquo; said Barton.</p><p>The Michigan Guard was assigned Liberia as a partner by the U.S. military as part of a project to establish closer ties with emerging national governments.</p><p>The Michigan team is expected to spend a year in Liberia. Its members come from units all across Michigan. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:48:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 5666 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Guard members get ready to depart http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-guard-members-get-ready-depart <p>More than 150 <a href="http://www.mi.ngb.army.mil/home.asp">Michigan Army National Guard </a>members are preparing to head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for additional training before leaving for a one-year deployment to Kuwait.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The 1462nd Transportation Company will be sent off by family and friends Saturday at Parker Middle School in Howell. The soldiers will serve in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 1,150 Michigan National Guard soldiers and airmen are deployed across the globe in support of the war on terrorism, nearly five percent of the entire state force.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 95 percent remain in Michigan to respond to a state emergency, including a terrorist event. Sat, 03 Dec 2011 21:29:30 +0000 The Associated Press 5240 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-176 <p><strong>Governor Snyder on trade mission in Asia</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder and a delegation of business and government officials left for Asia over the weekend. On Sunday, the governor and the delegation met with Japanese officials in Tokyo. From Governor Snyder&#39;s press release:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Governor Rick Snyder today met with Governor Yukiko Kada of Shiga Prefecture, Japan, to discuss mutual interests in promotion of business investment, tourism and job creation in Michigan and Shiga and protection and preservation of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan and the Great Lakes, the world&rsquo;s largest group of freshwater lakes. </span></p></blockquote><p>The Governor&#39;s office say<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"> the <span style="color:black">Michigan-Shiga partnership &quot;is one of the oldest sister state relationships between the United States and Japan.&quot;</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"><span style="color: black;">Snyder will head to Beijing, China on Tuesday and to Shanghai on Thursday. While there, the governor&#39;s office <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577-262900--,00.html">says</a> Snyder and the Michigan delegation will &quot;</span></span><font><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">meet with senior government officials, executives of some of China&#39;s largest companies and a number of Michigan companies that operate there.&quot;</font></font></p><p><font><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Michigan Radio&#39;s Tracy Samilton is in China covering the trip. You can read about her trip by following her <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/travelogue-governor-snyders-trip-china">travelogue</a>.</font></font></p><p><strong>New state aid formula for Michigan schools</strong></p><p>Changes in how state education officials calculate per-pupil aid to public schools could mean an overall decline in state school aid. The <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110926/SCHOOLS/109260348/New-state-aid-formula-to-cost-some-Michigan-school-districts">Detroit News</a> reports officials have changed how they count attendance numbers:</p><blockquote><p>The number of students counted in classrooms during the fall Count Day next week will be worth 90 percent of state aid, rather than 75 percent as in past years. A winter count in February will be worth 10 percent instead of 25 percent.</p><p>The change in the state formula was prompted by research that showed as student enrollment continued to decline statewide, the state was paying for students counted in the spring who were no longer there in the fall.</p><p>Under the new formula, districts with falling enrollment stand to lose money, while those adding students each school year will get more cash from the state.</p></blockquote><p>Overall, the state&#39;s public schools could receive $12.6 million less in school aid this year because of the change.</p><p><strong>Michigan National Guardsmen head for Afghanistan</strong></p><p>1,200 members of the Michigan National Guard leave home today to make their way to Afghanistan&#39;s Konduz Province, reports the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110926/NEWS06/110926013/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Family and friends are saying farewell this evening to members of units of the 125th Infantry.</p><p>The Headquarters Company gets a send-off at Grand Blanc High School. Wyoming-based Company C gets a send-off at Grand Valley Armory, Bay City-based Company F gets a send-off at Dow Diamond in Midland and Big Rapids-based Company D gets a send-off at the Big Rapids Armory.</p><p>Detroit-based Company A gets a send-off at the Detroit Light Guard Armory. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:47:14 +0000 Mark Brush 4306 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... 300 Michigan guard members prepare for Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/300-michigan-guard-members-prepare-afghanistan <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>About 300 members of the Michigan Air National Guard are expected to report to active duty this month for deployment to Afghanistan.</p><p>Selfridge Air National Guard Base announced today that the group of its 127th Wing Airmen will include pilots, crew, maintenance technicians and support personnel. They&#39;re expected to <a class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110909/NEWS06/110909011/1001/news#" id="itxthook0" rel="nofollow" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;"><span class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;">serve</span></a> 4- to 6-month tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.</p><p>They will be part of a unit flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The unit had been scheduled for deployment in spring 2012, but the timetable was moved up.</p><p>So far this year, more than 200 military members from the base in Harrison Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit, have been deployed. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 11:39:52 +0000 The Associated Press 4086 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan National Guard Units returning home http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-national-guard-units-returning-home <p>About a thousand Michigan Army and Air National Guardsmen will spend the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend back home, after spending the past year in Iraq and Kuwait.&nbsp; Two battalions of guardsmen have been arriving in cities and towns across Michigan during the past few days.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Captain Aaron Jenkins is a Michigan National Guard spokesman. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says moving the troops from the Middle East to Michigan is complicated by the need to bring their equipment back with the troops.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3935 at http://michiganradio.org