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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.

  • Recent History of the 107th Fighter Squadron Cameron PotterThe 107th fighter squadron is an Air National Guard unit attached to the 127th wing out of Selfridge Air Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan. They have a long history stretching ...
  • Great Lakes Naval Station Austin SmithGreat Lakes Naval StationThe current home for Naval basic training is located thousands of miles away from any ocean. Nestled on a peaceful little piece of shore along the expansive Lake Michigan, this ...
  • Fort Wayne, Detroit Bobby SimoneFort Wayne is star fort built in the 1840’s and is Detroit’s third fort. Located on the Detroit River in downtown Detroit, it was operated by the U.S. Military until ...
  • CIM-10 BOMBARC Missiles at Raco AAF Brett FisherThe Cold War period following WWII had the entire country on edge at the idea of full-on nuclear war. Strategically speaking, concern of attack would be on military installments, industrial ...
  • The Closure of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base Jerry SommerfeldIn 1944, early construction began on an airport in Marquette county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Its name – K.I. Sawyer Airport.  By July 22, 1949, K.I. Sawyer officially ...
  • Military Logistics and the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federa… Connor BrunsThe Hart-Doyle-Inouye Federal Center in downtown Battle Creek, MI is a complex of 22 interconnected buildings that house a myriad of military logistics and support departments. These departments handle the ...
  • 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard Nathan Duprey127th Wing, Michigan Air National GuardThe 127th Wing is stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, located in Harrison Township, Michigan. Selfridge is one of the oldest continuously operating military airfields in the country, tracing ...
  • Worden-Allen Ford Plant Hilding BeaudoinWorden-Allen Ford Plant You may not know it by riding down Bruiting Ave, or going for a walk down Balsam street in the small town of Kingsford Michigan. But in between ...
  • Alpena CRTC Clay CrossAlpena CRTC  The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is an air force base located in Alpena, Michigan that is operated by the Michigan Air National Guard. Every year it hosts a special ...
  • A-10 Thunderbolt II Lifespan Extension at Selfridg… Sam MeluchSelfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Charter Township, MI is home to the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard. In 2005, Selfridge was awarded funding for the ...
  • Fort Michilimackinac Origin and Importance 1715-17… Chris BlattOn the shores where two Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron, meet, Frenchmen Constant Le Marchand de Lignery built a wooden fort in 1715. It was named after the Native American ...
  • ROTC Building at Michigan Technological University Angela RubeckROTC Building at Michigan Technological UniversityToday the Michigan Tech ROTC building stands as the oldest building on campus, but not many students know that the building was slated for destruction in a mid-1960s master development ...
  • Sergeant Major Randal Meyer at the Pentagon on Sep… Dylan MeyerSergeant Major Randal Meyer at the Pentagon on September 11thOn September 11th, 2001, four planes were hijacked and used in multiple attacks: two on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one on the Pentagon in Washington ...
  • 438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Parker BirrKincheloe Air Force Base (formerly Kinross AFB) was home to the 438th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from April of 1953 until August of 1968.  Kinross’ name was changed to Kincheloe after ...
  • The Production of the M18 Hellcat and its Vitality… Tyler TertelingIntroduction Around the advent of World War 2 the United States was claimed a manufacturing superpower. This young nation was ready to prove the claims as the Japanese attack on Pearl ...