A student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, N.Y. The 174th Fighter Wing is the only Air National Guard unit in the country to operate a MQ-9 Formal Training Unit to train aircrews from the active duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. (Photo by TSgt. Ricky Best)

By Al Jones — BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Air National Guard in Battle Creek is ramping up to conduct remotely piloted aircraft missions in 2017. The 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek will become...