Northern Strike 18


Exercise Northern Strike is a military readiness event hosted annually at Michigan National Guard facilities. With approximately 5,000 participating Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors, Northern Strike is one of the largest reserve component exercises supported by the U.S. military. The mission is to exercise participating units’ full-spectrum of capabilities through realistic, cost-effective joint fires training in an adaptable environment, with an emphasis on joint and coalition force cooperation.



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Video by Cpl. Niles Lee

Weapons Company 3/25 Fire Javelin Missiles during Northern Strike 18

  • Marine Forces Reserve
  • Aug. 14, 2018 | 0:47

Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, fire FGM-148 Javelin missiles during Exercise Northern Strike at Camp Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14, 2018. Camp Grayling, the largest National Guard center in the country covering 147,000 acres, offers many large artillery, mortar, tank ranges and maneuver courses. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Niles Lee)

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Marines of 3/25 tackle Exercise Northern Strike 18
The hot Michigan sun is high in the sky as a Marine lays flat against the dry sand looking through his rifle optic at the battle space spread out in-front of him. Beside him, his fellow Marine fills...