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Installations

There are many military installations such as forts, bases, missile parks, shipbuilders and dockyards throughout the great lakes.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • Wurtsmith AFB and its Contamination Matt TascarellaINTRODUCTION The Wurtsmith Air Force Base, created in 1923, played a large role in WWII. The base is influential in Michigan, as well as the United States military history. It is ...
  • Michigan’s Nearly Endured Nuclear Disaster Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 at approximately 6:33 p.m. local time in the small town of Charlevoix, MI, residents of the community were startled by an explosion in the Little Traverse ...
  • The abridged history of Fort Brady Zeb Tester-Riccardo(taken from http://hermes.lssu.edu)Fort Brady During Fort Brady’s history, it has gone through many changes. From a humble beginning as a small fort on St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior State University’s campus. Fort ...
  • Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARC Ethan LaytnerIntroduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had ...
  • The Graveraet High School Watchtower and John Wasm… Steve NewbyMany of our great citizens participated in World War 2 in several different ways. The most memorable of those were our great men and women who went overseas to fight ...
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar … Owen VanTiemSelfridge in the 1930's 
(from blogs.detroitnews.com)Following the conclusion of World War I, Selfridge Air Field had a very uncertain future.  Originally, Selfridge Air Field was purchased by the Packard Motor Company in 1916 to begin ...
  • Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06 Matt DeGrootThe Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the ...
  • 110th Attack Wing Ryan MasakowskiThe Michigan Air National Guard is the 110th Attack Wing and located in Battle Creek, Michigan. As most groups have a rich history of military background from the different squadrons ...
  • Fort Drummond Christian ElsesserFort Drummond, a piece of British and American military history that lives on only in ruins. Located in Whitney bay on Drummond Island, the fort was the location of retreat ...
  • Canadian Forces Base Borden – Preparing for … James KristofikCamp Borden First Graduating Class The year was 1914. The First World War was ramping up across Europe. At the time, Canada and Britain had close ties to each other. The day Britain declared war ...
  • Nike site D-87 commerce M Justin BunzelukIn the small town of Commerce MI, one might know that the woods that line Wise Rd are a great place to walk ones dog or go for a bike ...
  • Montgomery C. Meigs and Fort Wayne Brian BurtkaFort Wayne is often associated with the American Civil War as the starting point for many Michigan regiments that went South. It is not often associated with one man’s personal ...
  • Stability Within a Booming State- Fort Snelling’s … Anthony Rettighttp://www.mnhs.org/sites/default/files/media/news/hfs_07hero1_lg.jpgIn 1858 the territory of Minnesota first became a part of the Union just in time for the raging civil conflicts to emerge. Upon the outbreak of war within the ...
  • The History and Role of of Fort Jackson in the Bla… Alex WallaRoute of Black Hawks ArmyBeginning of the Black Hawk War Fort Jackson would never have been established if it weren’t for the Black Hawk War that took place from April 6, 1832 – August 27, ...
  • Newport Naval Air Station Devon BruckThe Newport Naval Air Station has been used for a lot of different things over the years. First as the air station and prisoner of war camp then as the ...