Governor Gretchen Whitmer called members of the Michigan National Guard, including a local contingent that is actively deployed around the world, Sunday morning to send them season’s greetings.
The governor said Michiganders who serve in uniform are putting their lives on the line and “sacrificing valuable time with their families during the holiday season to keep us safe.”
“They step up to protect Michigan communities and work hard to carry out their duties in missions across the country and around the world,” Whitmer said in a statement. “As we reunite with their loved ones this holiday season, I encourage every Michigander to reflect on and honor our service members and their families and pray for their safe return home.”
Using video conferencing technology, she spoke with Airmen serving at Guantanamo Bay and Djibouti, in support of Southern Command and US Africa Command; soldiers serving in Arizona and Texas in support of customs law enforcement and border protection missions along the southwest border; and soldiers deployed to Maryland in support of Cyber Command.
Airmen and Soldiers take on a wide range of challenges in each of their respective missions, bringing their expertise in operations, logistics, engineering, construction, communications and cybersecurity to get the job done. They are members of:
- Michigan Air National Guard 110th Wing (Battle Creek)
- Michigan Air National Guard 127th Wing (Harrison Township)
- Bravo Company of 1-112th Security and Support, Michigan Army National Guard (Grand Ledge)
- 172nd Michigan National Guard Cyber Protection Team (Lansing)
In his troop message, Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of Michigan’s Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs, said there were more than 1,000 National Guard members. of Michigan serving away from home and family.
“Whether it’s updating electrical infrastructure or providing logistics and operations management, supporting efforts at the southwestern border or maintaining critical cybersecurity infrastructure, their selflessness and their loyalty to their mission should be honored,” Rogers said. “We look forward to welcoming each unit and individual home safely into their families.”