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International military personnel train in Michigan

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More than 3,000 soldiers, airmen and Marines – from 20 states and five countries – participated in training exercises in Michigan.

The goal? To foster greater cohesion between ground and air forces, using live fire.

General Frank Grass serves as chief of the Army National Guard in our region.

"What was really amazing to me was the behind the scenes, the preparation," Grass said.

It's called Operation Northern Strike.

"It's the integration of the Apache firing. The integration of the A10. Some of these A10 pilots just got back from overseas," Grass said.

At the Grayling Air to Ground range helicopters fly overhead, at times even firing on targets right on the ground.

"The world's not that safe of a place and we could be called at any time to deploy," Grass said.

The exercises continue until July 31.

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