Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters has sent a letter urging the Director of the Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency to pick Fort Custer near Battle Creek as the next location to host a new ground-based missile defense system.
Fort Custer is undergoing environmental review and is among four locations nationwide under consideration.
In the letter, Peters points out that Fort Custer is strategically positioned between Detroit and Chicago, providing efficient access to two major interstate highways, I-94 and I-69, as well as its close proximity to a 10,000-foot runway at W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base and the 110th Airlift Wing.
Local officials say, if selected, the project would bring over 2,000 jobs to Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties and boost economic productivity in the area.

-MRN