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A convoy of U.S. Army vehicles will cruise along Interstate 69 in Lapeer and St. Clair counties as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held public information sessions on the testing Monday in Imlay City and Capac.

A Congressional Gold Medal has been presented to a Detroit-area veteran who was among the first African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' office said in a news release that John Willie Jordan of Farmington Hills was presented Monday with a medal earlier awarded to the Montford Point Marines.

The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress' highest civilian honor.

According to Peters' office, the Montford Point Marines is the name given to the first African-Americans in the Marines Corps.

U.S. Department of Defense

An Associated Press investigation found the Pentagon misled Congress with inaccurate information about sexual assault cases that cast civilian law enforcement officials as less willing than military commanders to punish sex offenders.

Internal government records show local district attorneys and police forces failed to act against U.S. service members who were subsequently prosecuted in military courts for sex crimes.

But AP found in a number of cases that steps taken by civilian authorities were described incorrectly or ignored.

Lance Cpl. Sarah M. Hickey via Wikimedia | Public Domain

A World War II veteran from western Michigan has received his medals for service, nearly 71 years after he was honorably discharged.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 89-year-old John Butler of Portage was presented the medals Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a gathering with family and friends.

The medals include a Purple Heart.

Butler was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1944.

He was a radar operator on the USS Kidd when the ship was attacked on April 11, 1945.

Upton noted Butler lost his right eye and was hospitalized for several months.

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Police say an inactive grenade that was found in a box of donations at a Goodwill store in western Michigan prompted a brief scare.

State police troopers and the bomb squad responded Sunday afternoon to the store in Ludington following a report that the explosive was found.

The Ludington Daily News reports that it turned out there was no cause for alarm, however, since it was inactive.

Authorities advise anyone wanting to dispose of a military relic such as a grenade should contact police or sheriff's officials to make arrangements.


Jan 5, 2016

Adapt4U is a Family resiliency study being offered in West Michigan in response to a need to support Military families due to the added stress and strain placed upon them. We discuss with the principal investigator Dr. Abigail Gewirtz and GVSU's Steve Lipnicki.

Noah Galloway

Nov 5, 2015

Noah Galloway was the third place winner this year in Dancing with the Stars, this Iraq war vet losing his left arm and leg in an IED attack. He comes to West Michigan to serve as keynote for tonight's Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Gala and he joins us this morning.

The South Kent Blue Star Mothers have a lot going on for Veterans and Deployed Service Members, including a Shop 4 the Troops and a Care Package Pack Party. President Patty Alexander joins us to discuss.

Railside Golf Club hosts its second annual Operation Golf with Heroes event on Monday, a military appreciation event.   Jim Bultema and Sam Stover join us to tell us all about it.