Rep. MacMaster talks State of the State.
State Rep. Greg MacMaster of Kewadin was elected in November 2010 to his first term in the Michigan House to represent the residents of Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. He was re-elected to a second term for the 2013-14 Michigan Legislature.
MacMaster serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he is chair of the Department of Corrections subcommittee, vice chair of the Community Colleges subcommittee, and on the Military and Veterans Affairs and Michigan State Police subcommittees.
MacMaster received his meteorological training while serving in the United States Air Force and earned a meteorological technical degree in Atmospheric Science from the Community Colleges of the Air Force. He also is a licensed pilot.
A disabled Military veteran of the USAF, serving 10 years, started his first enlistment as a nuclear weapons and conventional warfare specialist then cross-trained into meteorology. His skills as an pilot (trained at Northwestern Michigan College), weapons specialists and meteorologist put him in a perfect position to forecast the weather for bombing missions and issue forecasts for the military (Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines) preparing for Desert Shield and Desert Storm and numerous military operations. He issued specialized weather forecasts for Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, Combat Controllers and Marine Recon units.
He has been a full member of the American Meteorological Society since 1987. From 1994 on, MacMaster has been a broadcast meteorologist for Northern Michigan radio and televisions stations, including WTCM-Traverse City, WATZ-Alpena, WBCM-Boyne City, WJML Petoskey, WMOM in Ludington WWTV/WWUP TV 9 and 10 in Cadillac, Chief Meteorologist for WPBN/WTOM TV 7 & 4 News and WGTU/WGTQ 29 & 8 in Traverse City. MacMaster was an instructor at Northwestern Michigan College teaching Aviation Weather and is a full member of the American Meteorological Society, a spokesperson for the FAA on related subjects dealing with weather in the aviation community and is an agricultural and Forensic Meteorologist.
MacMaster, born in Inglewood, California, attends Sacred Heart Church in Elk Rapids. He married his soulmate Kim and they live with their two small children in Kewadin. His hobbies include various martial arts, competition Tae Kwon Do, golf, hiking, camping, boating, scuba diving (ice dive, search and rescue, deep water and shipwrecks), underwater archaeology, flying, baseball, golf, NASCAR, Red Wing hockey and hunting. He has served as media representative for the U.S. Marine Reserve Toys for Tots for over a decade, is past-chairman, founder and past president of the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve where he spearheaded and organized the first Underwater Tourism Summit in the Great Lakes region. He was appointed a member of the Michigan Underwater Salvage and Preserve Committee for two terms and is a member of the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Dive Team, based out of Charlevoix County.