LANSING, Mich. — Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee Chairwoman Senator Margaret O’Brien on Wednesday applauded the decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to locate a new Cyber Operations Squadron at the Battle Creek Air National Guard base to help detect and protect against cybersecurity threats.
“This is wonderful news for the Michigan Air National Guard and for our state,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “As the world becomes more interconnected and dependent on technology, sophisticated cyber-attacks will continue to increase. It is great to know that Michigan will play a significant role in defending our nation from these threats.”
The 110th Attack Wing was one of four locations selected due to its capability and experience training the military and civilians with strategies to combat cyber threats. According to the report, the new squadron will add 70 jobs to the base.
Last May the Senate adopted O’Brien’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 to urge the Missile Defense Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense to select the Fort Custer Training Center for its forthcoming ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense mission. The ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense system would provide the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States.
O’Brien said the placement of the ballistic missile defense system near Battle Creek would leverage Fort Custer’s strategic location and security and would benefit from the installation’s stellar environmental record.