ALGER COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – Training exercises were underway along M-28 in Alger County on Wednesday.
The Michigan Air National Guard is conducting training exercises along a nine-thousand-foot section of M-28 between Wetmore and Shingleton.
“Basically what we’re doing here is trying to do everything we can do to stay one step ahead of our adversaries. And if we can generate combat air power from a public highway, we can do it from almost anywhere in the world. So that’s very important to us as we help doing what we can in the Michigan Air National Guard to advance the United States Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Brian Wyrzykowski, Exercise Director for Northern Agility 22-1.
Wyrzykowski said being able to operate from highways makes it difficult for adversaries to know where they are, making them unpredictable and agile.
According to a Facebook post from the Michigan National Guard, for the second year in a row 127th Wing A-10s landed on a Michigan highway to demonstrate the United States Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment concept. The jets performed what’s called an Integrated Combat Turn, the first time ever on a public roadway!
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has detour signs posted. The exercises are scheduled to last until 3 p.m.
The closure is posted on MDOT’s Mi Drive website.
There will be no civilian access to the M-28 landing zone during this period. Motorists are strongly advised to avoid the area.