battle creek air national guard base

The Associated Press

Battle Creek's Air National Guard Base is getting a new mission, but not the one that local leaders had hoped for. Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman spoke with WMUK's Gordon Evans Friday morning.

Community leaders had hoped for C-130 aircraft for Air National Guard base.

Tower in Battle Creek is one of six in Michigan and 238 nationwide that could be shut down as part of automatic federal spending cuts

Michigan Air National Guard

Members of an Air National Guard unit in Battle Creek are back home after service in the skies over West Africa. Transport aircraft of the 217th Air Operations Group supported troops from France and several African countries fighting Islamic insurgents in the deserts of northern Mali.

About 270 people are employed at the base full-time and another 724 are employed part-time.