Camp Grayling attracts record numbers for National Guard training
The eXportable Combat Training Capability is a two week training program for National Guard soldiers. During this time they work on artillery and lane training.
To stay active in the military the National Guard is required to train one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer.
Five thousand soldiers from the Michigan National Guard and four other states have been at Camp Grayling since July 12th, while they participate in the XCTC for the largest artillery exercise with active army troops in the camp's history.
â??Camp Grayling has top notch facilities. We've got simulation trainers here on post, the complexes for firing weapons, small arms ranges, things that are going to keep us proficient in our skills that we need for the Army and in case there's any type of situation that we need to react to,â?? said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic.
Several training scenarios and ranges are located on the camp, including the modern urban environment where soldiers can practice individualized situations based on their unitâ??s requirements.
â??Basically it's house-to-house and building-to-building, kick in a door and clear a room. Close quarter combat that type of stuff and how to deal with even just moving into a village or a city. Not even necessarily going into buildings but how do you even walk through one,â?? said 1st Lieutenant Anthony Mack.
A conducted air raid took place on training day where they shot howitzers, and for the first time active component units were integrated with the reserve component units.
â??We work with them overseas I mean there's a lot of National Guard reserve units overseas so to practice at home first helps out a lot,â?? said 1st Lieutenant Executive officer Adam Stephens.
At the end of the week each solider will complete an evaluation to finish their training.
â??Will run and exercise and at the end of an exercise will sit down and say okay is what we were supposed to do we actually do it what did we do right and what went wrong how can we fix it,â?? said Mack.