GRAYLING, MI — A state lawmaker from Midland County joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and others this month at the National Guard's annual "Review of the Troops" ceremony at Camp Grayling.
The ceremony was held at the Michigan National Guard facility, located near Grayling in northern Michigan, on Friday, Aug. 21.
During his visit, State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Township, met with Brig. Gen. Michael A. Stone and with Midland-area teenagers participating in the Guard's Michigan Youth Challenge Academy program. Glenn also represents northern Bay County.
The MIYCP program offers at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 18 an opportunity to change their lives through an 18-month military-style program that encourages physical, mental and moral development. There is no cost or military obligation for academy participants.
Pictured with Rep. Glenn, left to right: Cadet Jared Schieber, son of Gerald and Robin Schieber of Midland; Cadet Bailey Binns, son of Tim and Jen Binns of Auburn; Cadet Justin Krzyminski, son of Vanessa Krzyminski of Midland; and Cadet Zachary Wells, son of Michael Wells and Sarah Strom, both of Midland.
While at Camp Grayling, Glenn also received a one-on-one briefing from Brig. Gen. Stone on Guard operations at the facility and statewide, including nationally-recognized leadership efforts on cyber-security and energy self-sufficiency for Guard facilities.
The state lawmaker also met with other National Guard soldiers, including a Special Forces combat veteran of Afghanistan.
Glenn said the two discussed proposed legislation from his office — a reaction to the fatal shootings of military recruiters in Chattanooga — to ensure Guard personnel are armed and trained to defend themselves when on duty at one of the 42 Guard training facilities or six storefront recruiting offices in the state that are accessible to the public.
The legislation Glenn is proposing has not yet been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives.
The state lawmaker himself served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard, including service with the 1460th Transportation Co. headquartered in Midland.
Glenn was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives by voters of the 98th District in November 2014.
The 98th House District includes the city of Midland and Larkin, Lincoln, Homer, Midland, Lee and Jerome townships in southern Midland County and the cities of Pinconning and Auburn and Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, Garfield, Fraser, Beaver and Williams townships in western and northern Bay County.