Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
|Michigan Volunteer Defense Force|
|Preceding agencies||Michigan State Troops' Home Guard (1917-30 June 1952)
Michigan Emergency Volunteers (1988-1998)
|Employees||200 officers and enlisted members|
|Agency executive||COL William R. Ewald, Brigade Commander|
|Parent agency||Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs|
|Child agency||1st-7th Battalions|
|Website||Michigan Dept. Military & Veteran Affairs Webpage|
The Michigan Volunteer Defense Force is a military force, duly constituted as a state defense force and an element of Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The MI VDF was reorganized from the former Michigan Emergency Volunteers by Adjutant General Thomas Cutler in 2004 to fill a homeland security role in the State of Michigan. As of October 2011[update], the MI VDF is commanded by COL William Ewald, a retired United States Army colonel.
Michigan State Troops
Michigan's first state defense force was established as the Michigan State Troops' Home Guard along with the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force in Act No. 53 Public Acts of Michigan on 17 April 1917. The Michigan State Troops organizations served on in-state active duty during World War I, II, and the Korean War.
Michigan Emergency Volunteers
The Michigan State Troops were reconstituted as the Michigan Emergency Volunteers by Public Act 246 of 1988. The original intention for the MEV was to act as a force of trained emergency volunteers in the event that the National Guard was sent out of the state in a national emergency. The MEV was ordered to stand down in October 1998.
Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
On 20 September 2004 MG Thomas G. Cutler the Michigan Adjutant General and COL Michael McDaniel met with the then small interim staff to review and discuss various opportunities for a state defense force to again serve within the state's military establishment. At the conclusion of that meeting Adjutant General Cutler authorized the reactivation of the new Michigan Volunteer Defense Force to undertake involvement in various homeland security concerns and other military support services as assigned.
Today the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force is organized as a state-wide brigade composed of seven field battalions located within joint Michigan State Police and Office of Public Health Program districts. Each battalion is being developed to serve and support community needs across the State of Michigan. All seven battalions have these missions:
•Support MI's Receipt, Store and Stage (RSS) of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
•Support MI with certified Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
•Support the MING with county liaison officers (LNO)
•Support the MING with Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI) staffing
•Support the MING with Retirement Services Specialists
•Support the MING & county/local authorities with Search and Rescue/Recovery (SAR)
Members of the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force can be called on to perform search and rescue duties, first aid, fire suppression or mass casualty triage.
Membership is open to all citizens of Michigan between the ages of 17 and 75. Prior military service is not required for membership in the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force. This force has never been called into state service and likely never will due to other state response organizations that are better equipped and trained.
- "Michigan Volunteer Defense Force". Michigan Volunteer Defense Force Official Website. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Holladay, Cheryl (August 25, 2011). "Michigan Volunteer Defense Force train as second responders for times of need". The Houghton Lake Resorter (Houghton Lake, Michigan: Houghton Lake Resorter). Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Michigan Volunteer Defense Force - Official Page
- Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs - MI VDF Sub-page