Members of the Michigan Air National Guard officially entered the mission to support Flint today as they completed inprocessing at the armory in Saginaw. The Michigan Air National Guard is expected to provide about 20 Airmen to assist with door to door operations in Flint.
“We (Air National Guard) have been involved in the planning of this operation at headquarters since day one,” said Brig. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, commander of the Michigan Air National Guard. “Our Airmen are very excited to be part of the ‘boots on the ground’ part of supporting the people of Flint.”
As the request for additional support grew over the weekend, the need arose to expand the opportunity for service members to volunteer to be put on state active duty orders.
“Our intent all along was that the men and women supporting the operations in Flint would volunteer to do so,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Connelly, plans and operations officer for the Michigan National Guard. “When our search area expanded to Selfridge we found a number of Airmen willing to be activated to be part of the Flint mission.”
“Providing a ‘purple’ (joint Army and Air) force comprised of pure Michigan service members demonstrates our ability to work together and a capability Michiganders should be proud of,” said Maj. Gregory Vadnais, Adjutant General for the Michigan National Guard.
The Michigan National Guard is expected to provide about 270 service members by Thursday morning with the majority, approximately 200, supporting the mission of going door to door.