battle creek air national guard base

Kristy Wigglesworth, Associated Press / AP

This weekend, the Michigan Air National Guard base in Battle Creek holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, cutting-edge mission. The fanfare follows many years of uncertainty, as the base gained missions, lost missions and barely survived a massive downsizing program. Now, its future looks more secure. Soon, the Battle Creek Guard will join what’s become one the military’s most essential, and controversial, missions – drone warfare. WMUK Correspondent Erin Sullivan reports:


Battle Creek Air National Guard

(MPRN-Mackinac Island) Michigan’s political leaders are gearing up to defend federal military installations from future base closure efforts. 

"Battle Creek's Michigan Air National Guard Base has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense to host a cyber-security operations squadron. The new mission will mean 70 new jobs for the base at W.K. Kellogg Airport. The squadron will be assigned to the base's 110th Attack Wing." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"BATTLE CREEK, MI – Military personnel at Fort Custer in Battle Creek are excited about the chances of landing a missile defense system to safeguard the eastern United States – even though a major decision on the matter appears to be many months away." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"Michigan's members of Congress on Wednesday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter asking for an Air National Guard base in Battle Creek to be selected as the location for a cyber-security mission which could maintain and protect and operate information networks." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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