Two members of the Ishpeming-based, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 107th Engineer Battalion, Michigan National Guard, Freddi Clifton (of Hancock) and Mark Zeman (of Marquette), were promoted to the rank of sergeant earlier this year in recognition of their dedicated service to their unit and the Michigan National Guard.
Clifton is a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CRBN) noncommissioned officer with the 107th HHC and has been a member of the MING for four years. Zeman’s specialty is in the burgeoning field of electronic warfare. He is also assigned to the 107th HHC and has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for eight years.
Both Soldiers completed two weeks of annual training at Fort Polk, Joint Readiness Training Center in Leesville, La., in March 2016. They are members of the Army North, Command and Control Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear response element (C2CRE-B), that is trained to provide contingency-sourced support to active forces battling natural and man-made catastrophic incidents that call for chemical, radiological, decontamination, medical, logistical, and search and rescue skills or their variants, to meet the needs of affected communities and support first responders. A video of the C2CRE-B mission, featuring Michigan Task Force 46, is available on the Michigan National Guard YouTube channel.