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Michigan National Guard

Starting today, parts of northern lower Michigan will thrum and boom to the sounds of military exercises.

More than 2,000 soldiers and airmen will take part in what’s being called Operation Northern Strike.

The 12-day exercise will combine live ground fire and aerial training at Camp Grayling and other sites.

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Peace activists plan to rally against the nation’s military drone program outside the gates of the Battle Creek Air National Guard base on Saturday.

Just this week, a pair of U.S. drone attacks killed sixteen people in Pakistan.  It’s the first attacks this year.     

Brian Terrell is with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.   He says the drone program is being abused.

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Improving cyber security across Michigan is the goal of a new training center that opened today in Battle Creek.

The Michigan Cyber Range will mainly train National Guardsmen to identify cyberattacks.

But it will also provide training for civilians.

Joe Adams is the director of the Michigan Cyber Range. He says the training will help military and civilian IT professionals prepare for the growing threat from other countries and cyber criminals.