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Largest annual Guard exercise adds big airpower at US northern border
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Largest annual Guard exercise adds big airpower at US northern border

Over the past two weeks more than 7,400 troops ran through the National Guard’s largest and longest bi-annual home defense military exercise.Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines combined ground and airpower to beat back a simulated peer threat on the nation’s northern border, specifically northern Michigan.The exercise began in 2012. But in only the past three years it has dramatically increased the number of participating units and troops. This year’s Northern Strike/Northern Agility exercise saw 7,400 participants. The 2021 version had 5,100. In 2020, there were about 1,000.This massive exercise involved participants from more than 60 units, ranging from combat arms to dental technicians to firefighters. British, Canadian and Latvian units also worked in the joint force.RELATEDWhile ...