Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Mich., will add 34 new jobs after it was selected to support a joint task force for the Air Force, the second new mission the base has added in the past three years. The task force will be a team of highly-experienced specialists in an assortment of fields, ready to assist with high-level, ad hoc operational planning during crisis or humanitarian relief scenarios, reported the Battle Creek Enquirer. “They plan everything from logistics to movement of airplanes and people and how we execute the mission and everything in between,” said Col. Bryan Teff, commander of the base’s 110th Attack Wing. It is the first Air Force-led joint task force; the mission falls under the responsibility of the active-duty Ninth Air Force. “The base is on very solid ground and getting better every day,” Teff said. The base, located at W.K. Kellogg Airport, added 70 jobs in December 2015 for a cyber defense activity. … A Northwest Florida developer is scheduled to break ground next week on a massive mixed-use development in Fort Walton Beach to be built on 52 acres of land leased from Eglin AFB. Plans for Freedom Beacon Park call for about 300 multi-family units, a 102-room hotel, 55,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and 160,000 square feet of office space, reports the Northwest Florida Daily News. The developer’s lease payments will be used to maintain, renovate or construct facilities and infrastructure on base, said Glenn Wagner, Eglin’s enhanced use lease manager.
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