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Seven members of Michigan's congressional delegation will tour military installations around the state next week in an effort to showcase the importance of Michigan’s role nationally and locally in defense interests, technology and research and bolster the delegation's familiarity with the sites and their assets.

The bipartisan group includes Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing; and Reps. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak; Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township; Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls; Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; and Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn.

The Tuesday and Wednesday tour, hosted by the Michigan Army and Air National Guard and the U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command, will visit Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County; U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren; Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center in Grayling; the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center; the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base; and the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek.

Organizing a tour of military installations for the delegation was planned earlier this year as part of a bipartisan Michigan “action plan” spearheaded by Stabenow and Upton. The effort focuses on a common agenda of preserving defense operations around the state, protecting the Great Lakes and boosting medical innovation and therapies.

The delegation has lobbied the Pentagon to locate a $3 billion missile defense site at Fort Custer and a cyber-operations squadron at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

Members also pressed budget negotiators in Congress earlier this year to preserve funding for the A-10 attack plane fleet that supports hundreds of jobs at the Selfridge base.

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