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Gov. Snyder visits Camp Grayling

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Gov. Rick Snyder made a stop at Camp Grayling on Friday and National Guard members pulled out all the stops.

Snyder spoke about a new state law making college more affordable for guard members.

"It's to honor them, to say thank you, to celebrate and to be committed," Snyder said.

He was there for the annual memorial and review event. He said this day is a very important one to honor Michigan's national guardsmen and women.

"It's a priority. Our National Guards people are in harms way. They've been deployed across the world. They're here to protect us in our state, to help us in need and we need to make sure we're supporting them," Snyder said.

Major General Greg Vadnals commands the guard. He said the governor's visit is a big morale boost for the troops.

"It gives him the opportunity to re-connect with the soldiers. Have an opportunity to visit the base. Everybody is always excited to see the governor," he said.

Vadnals said he's got guardsmen serving all over the globe.

"We're in Liberia, we're in Latphia, we're in Afghanistan. I even have a soldier in Iraq," he said.

Vadnals and Snyder said Camp Grayling is truly a gem when it comes to training those individuals to keep them out of harms way.

"Camp Grayling is one of the best facilities in the entire United States. Whether it's the guards or the regular Army. If you look at it, it's a fabulous facility in terms of size capabilities, all weather, we can do it all here," Snyder said.

The camp's entering it's second century of duty, ready willing and able to serve at home and abroad. 

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