Battle Creek Air Guard Unit Renamed
The Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, "110th Attack Wing" is now just the "110th Wing." The National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., made the change effective March 1st.
The base employs approximately 940 part-time and full-time personnel in missions including remote support of overseas MQ-9 “Reaper” flying operations, a Command & Control and Joint Task Force capability under U.S. Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa, and a Cyber defense squadron providing security for Air National Guard networks nationwide.
“We have been working for over three years with the National Guard Bureau on this change in designation,” said Col. Bryan Teff, base commander. “Our change to the 110th Wing accurately portrays the wide-ranging missions we bring to the State and Nation.”
According to Teff, the 110th Wing is a rarity among Air National Guard units for its ability to support operations in three of the five domains of warfare; identified in U.S. military doctrine as land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. The has secured its broad assortment of high-profile missions since being removed from the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list in 2005.
“The mission of the 110th Wing has evolved significantly over the past 15 years,” said Teff. “However, it is the outstanding character and professionalism of our Airmen that has allowed to the Wing to capitalize on the opportunity to become one of the preeminent ANG installations in the nation.”
Previously, the organization was identified as the 110th Fighter Wing while operating and maintaining A-10 Thunderbolt fighters (1991-2009), and the 110th Airlift Wing while supporting C-21 Learjets (2009-2015). The unit operated as the 110th Attack Wing beginning in 2015, reflecting its support mission for the MQ-9 “Reaper.”
The base has been an institution in the Southwest Michigan community since 1947.