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      Camp Grayling celebrates one milestone and looks ahead to another

      Camp Grayling, a major National Guard training facility in Northern Michigan is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary this weekend and is inviting the entire community out for the big event.

      The camp was developed in 1913 with a land grant to the state from lumber baron, Rasmus Hanson. On Saturday the camp will be celebrating how far they have come in the last 100 years, and what they hope to accomplish in their next 100.

      We've taken the National Guard, that 15-thousand acres, and turned it into 147-thousand acres of land and we're the largest Army National Guard training installation in the country," said Col Erich Randall, Garrison Commander for Camp Grayling. "We're pretty excited about that and we really wanted to get the word out."

      Serving as a joint training facility for active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, along with being used by law enforcement agencies from around world, they still owe much of their success to the town they reside in.

      "We appreciate all of the support that the community shows the installation and it's just our way of saying thank you to them," said Sgt. Major Don Derryberry.

      The camp has made many improvements over the years, including the renovation of some environmentally friendly cottages that the facility Engineering Department and staff rebuilt from deteriorating lake front cabins. They also constructed new barracks for their military members.

      While the camp is proud of it's accomplishments during this milestone, they are also looking ahead to the future.

      "It's taken us from that little nest that Mr. Hanson gave us, to this amazing facility we've got now and we just know we can do that again in the future," said Col Randall.

      The public is invited to attend the celebration on Saturday. At noon, guests are invited out for food, drinks, and entertainment that will run all day long. The day will also include showing off old equipment and vehicles that were used during WWII, and what they have evolved into today.

      For more information on times and events for Saturday, click here.