New designation for Battle Creek Air Guard Wing seals mission relevance, versatility

110th Wing
Story by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton

Date: 03.05.2019
Posted: 03.06.2019 02:24
News ID: 313076
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base Wing Photo

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – On March 1, 2019, the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Mich., was officially re-named the “110th Wing” by the National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

The base employs approximately 940 part-time and full-time personnel in missions including the 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 that provides 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 two of the five domains of warfare; identified in U.S. military doctrine as land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. The Wing 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. “Through these changes, the outstanding character and professionalism of our Airmen has allowed 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 II 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.