The Air National Guard 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek dates back to World War II when it became a home station for the 172nd Fighter Squadron in 1947 at Kellogg Field. Since then, it has evolved into a modern facility with new missions its vice commander says will likely be a part of Battle Creek for a long time to come.

Today, the 110th is so modern, in fact, its pilots do not fly airplanes off local runways. Colonel Keir Knapp tells WBCK that, instead, they fly them remotely - sitting in a "cockpit" in Battle Creek, flying a plane that is thousands of miles away.

The Wing also is involved in various other missions with a significant amount of support staff - some of whom are reservists who come from as far away as California.

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