LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Nofs is applauding the plan to locate an MQ-1/9 Remote Split Operations (RSO) unit at the Battle Creek Air National Guard base. The action comes in the wake of the proposed cancellation of the C-27J cargo aircraft program due to federal Defense Department budget cuts. Battle Creek was scheduled to begin receiving the C-27J aircraft over the next year.
“The fact that Battle Creek has been identified as a location for the cutting edge MQ-1/9 RSO mission speaks volumes about the quality of the Battle Creek base and its staff,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.
Nofs said the new mission could compliment the current mission of the 110th Air Operations Group, also located at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, which serves as a vital part of the 17th Air Force and the U.S. Africa Command.
“There is no doubt that the Battle Creek Air National Guard base is one of the finest and most up-to-date Guard bases in the country,” said Nofs. “This, coupled with the tremendous support of the greater Battle Creek community has helped ensure its continued operation.”
Nofs is sponsoring Senate Resolution 113 that calls on the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force to fulfill its commitment to provide a new mission and aircraft to the Battle Creek base. The resolution will be taken up Tuesday in the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee.
He indicated that while the new mission is welcome news, should the Defense Department determine that the C-27J or a successor aircraft is needed, he would still like to see it come to Battle Creek.
“With a 10,000 foot runway, uncongested skies, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and a legacy of excellence, the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base is an ideal location for the placement of strategic aircraft, he said. “We are proud of this base and the men and women who’ve served us around the globe, and I will continue to do whatever I can to make sure it remains a vital part of our nation’s defense.”