National Guard doing training exercises; M-28 Closed Tuesday

A C-146A Wolfhound from Hurlburt Field, Florida takes off on a public road in Alpena, Michigan, August 2021. The road landing is part of Exercise Northern Strike 21-2, an annual multinational military training event scale that tests the rapid insertion of an air expeditionary wing into a bare-base environment. (US Air National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Thompson)

A portion of M-28 in Algiers County will be closed Tuesday, June 28, while the Michigan Air National Guard hosts aircraft exercises on the highway.

Twelve military aircraft will land and conduct other operations on a closed 9,000 foot section of four-lane highway between Wetmore and Shingleton in Algiers County.

To facilitate the exercise, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close M-28 east of Munising from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. During the closure, eastbound traffic will be diverted on H-58 to H-15 and back to M-28. The route will be reversed for westbound traffic. The closure will be posted on MDOT’s Mi Drive a travel information website and detour signs will guide travelers through the area.

There will be no civilian access to the M-28 landing zone during this time.

From June 27-29, the Michigan Air National Guard will host Exercise Northern Agility 22-1 at Sawyer International Airport, Hanley Field and a closed portion of M-28 in Alger County, Michigan .

The exercise, held in partnership with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police and local agencies, will champion agile combat employment, universal application to Air Force operations that allows Airmen to provide air power anytime, anywhere to complicate an adversary’s decision-making.

This progressive readiness event will mark the first time in the United States that Integrated Combat Turns (TIC) will be conducted during highway operations. Northern Agility 22-1 will also incorporate innovative technologies through the Kelly Johnson Joint AllDomain Innovation Center to prepare Airmen for future warfare.

“Northern Agility 22-1 is different from previous events because we will be implementing contested logistics and integrated combat turns on M-28 for a much more complex ACE event,” said Brig. Gen. Bryan Teff, deputy adjutant general and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard. “Michigan is a champion for ACE and we are integrating highly innovative concepts through our Kelly Johnson Joint All Domain Innovation Center to improve our ability to execute multi-capable airman concepts and our ability to improve speed and accuracy decisions.”

Aircraft participating in Northern Agility 22-1 include A-10 Thunderbolt II, AFSOC MC-12W, C-145A. C-146As and U-28As, manned by Airmen representing active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.

Twelve planes will land on a closed 9,000-foot section of a four-lane highway in Algiers County. Maintenance crews will then perform a series of integrated combat turns, which allow for the rapid rearming and refueling of a running jet to reduce crew time on the ground and get it back in the air. The landing zone will operate for six hours on June 28. Additional staging and training activities will precede and follow the highway landing June 27-29 at Sawyer International Airport.


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