New federal cyber-security unit expected to bring 70 jobs to Battle Creek ANG base

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A day after Battle Creek was chosen for a new federal cyber-security unit, we are learning more about what this means for West Michigan.

We first broke the story on Wednesday, that the Department of Defense chose the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek for the highly specialized mission.

On Thursday, we spoke with the 110th Attack Wing Commander, Colonel Bryan Teff, who says this is expected to bring 70 new jobs to the base.

Job specifics are still developing, but the commander tells us they will help detect and protect against cyber-security threats both Michigan-based and nationwide.

"It's going to provide tremendous relevance into the future for decades to come and with the addition of this mission we now have both of the growth missions in the United States at the Air National Guard 110th Attack Wing," Col. Teff said.

We still don't know when the squadron will be up and running, but the commander says we should have a clearer picture of that time frame and the new jobs in the next few months.

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