Michigan Army National Guard
The National Guard’s roots date back to 1636, when colonial militias made up of ordinary citizens would put down their plows and pick up weapons to protect families and towns from hostile attacks. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time, always ready to defend the American way of life in the event of an emergency.
The Michigan Army National Guard is a Presenting Partner of the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon for 2015. The Michigan National Guard’s history has been intertwined with that of Grayling and the Au Sable Canoe Marathon. Camp Grayling, the largest National Guard training facility east of the Mississippi at 147,000 acres has historically provided training to members of the reserve and active components since 1913.
Moreover, personnel assigned to the Camp Grayling host units have participated as Marathon Paddlers and Marathon Volunteers helping to make the event the success it is today. The Michigan Army National Guard Recruiting Command for Northern Michigan provides this year’s partnership to congratulate the participants, volunteers and fans of the Au Sable Canoe Marathon upon their 68th event. This partnership also serves as a salute to the young men and women who step forward to serve in our armed forces and to thank them for a job well done.
Sponsor/Partnership Level: Presenting