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Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in transition

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SPRINGFIELD (WKZO) -- The Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek is transitioning from an air field where their main mission was making sure the planes they were assigned were ready to fly, to fighting wars with computers.

Their big new mission will be flying the MQ-9 Reaper, a remotely piloted aircraft that some call ”drones”. Col. Ron Wilson says it will take a few years to be operational.

He says it wasn’t part of the original plan, but its been revised and they now hope someday to actually fly the planes out of the base.

He says they are trying to develop three missions, as a home for remotely piloted planes, as a cyberwarfare center, and as a Command and Control Center for operations in Europe and Africa.

Their strategy, if they are fighting the wars of the future, they will remain a part of the future, the next time a base closing commission goes to work.

Yesterday one of the three planes that are their current mission.. providing Air Force Lear jets for military brass, flew off to its new assignment. They will lose another plane in June and then July.

 

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