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National Guard artillery regiments train at Camp Grayling

Five National Guard artillery regiments and an active U.S. Army infantry regiment trained together at Michigan's Camp Grayling from July 12-26, 2014. Alpha and Charlie Batteries of the Michigan National Guard's 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Regiment train on airlifting howitzers in air assault missions, defending battery positions against active-duty soldiers playing "the enemy" and live firing various rounds from the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer.

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National Guardsman train for combat at Michigan's Camp Grayling

Spc. Kyle Frankovich with Alpha Battery looks through the scope on the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer (UFH) during a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Staff Sgt. William Wimbury with Alpha Battery runs towards the infantry line to defend against operational forces coming from the woods during a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Staff Sgt. and gun crew chief Michael Mansell receives and coordinates orders for his howitzer as part of the Alpha Battery's battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

During an air assault mission, a Chinook Helicopter drops down a M777 howitzer at an ammunition site for Charlie Battery on Thursday, July 17, for a battery defense exercise during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

A Black Hawk helicopter drops of eight men from Charlie Battery to the ammunition site for an air assault mission on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

A Black Hawk Helicopter drops of eight men from Charlie Battery for an air assault mission to the ammunition site after a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Spc. Gary Hale with Alpha Battery inputs the coordinates for the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer during a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Pfc. Romney Lampson from Alpha Battery loads the Smoke Route ammunition into the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer during a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

E4 Spc. Chris Girolamo walks with his weaponry back to the Ammunition site after a battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center on Thursday, July 17.

Staff Sgt. and gun crew chief Michael Mansell receives and coordinates orders during a battery defense exercise with his Alpha Battery on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Spc. Todd Wood with Alpha Battery waits for his orders to start the battery defense exercise next to the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer on Thursday, July 17, at the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) located at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Sgt. Timothy Maples sits in the ammunition bed, waiting for his orders for the next battery defense exercise on Thursday, July 17, at the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) located at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Spc. Mike Perez with Alpha Battery rests in the shade after a long day of drills and exercises for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) on Thursday, July 17, located at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Buell, left, and 2nd Lt. Benjamin Symanow, right, sit and wait for the Chinook helicopters to drop down three howitzers during an air assault mission during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center on Thursday, July 17.

Spc. Eric Ellis and Spc. Kyle Frankovich enjoy each others' company while waiting for their orders to start a battery defense exercise. They stand next to the M777 Ultralightweight Field Howitzer (UFH), one of four howitzers that make up the 119th Field Artillery Regiment's Alpha Battery, on Thursday, July 17, at the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) located at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Spc. Alex Potter disassembles a tent next to the medic center on Thursday, July 17, during the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center. When soldiers are not in an exercise or drill with their battery, many have tasks they must complete.

Pfc. William Cleveland II with the Charlie Battery organizes his gear while waiting for the Chinook helicopters to drop down three howitzers for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center on Thursday, July 17.

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