Colonel Daniel Kramer returns to Battle Creek Air National Guard

Colonel Daniel Kramer II spent more than a decade in various roles at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.

On Saturday, Kramer returned to the 110th Wing and was introduced as its new commanding officer following a change of command ceremony at the Springfield base.

“Most exciting to me is the tremendous potential for future growth that 110 Wing brings to the table,” Kramer said in a statement. “With extensive runway and ramp space and state-of-the-art growth missions, Battle Creek has all the infrastructure necessary to support nearly any new initiative within the Department of the Air Force.”

Col. Daniel J. Kramer II, 110th Wing commander, speaks during a 110th Wing change of command ceremony at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Michigan, June 4, 2022 .

Kramer succeeds Col. Shawn Holtz, who has advanced to a new assignment at Michigan National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing. Holtz has led 110 Wing Battle Creek since June 2019.

The 110th Air National Guard Wing at Battle Creek is one of three major Air National Guard bases in Michigan. Activated federally in 1947, the 110th provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to various federal and state entities with the MQ-9 “Reaper” along with combat-ready personnel to support U.S. air forces in Europe and in Africa, as well as in emergencies. response in the state of Michigan.

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During Holtz’s tenure as Wing Commander, the 110th Wing saw nearly 100 of its members activated to support Michigan State’s COVID-19 response, serving at food banks, testing sites, vaccination clinics and other locations across the state. In late 2021, dozens of unit members were activated to support Operation Allies Welcome, the largest noncombatant evacuation operation in US history following the fall of Afghanistan.

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“Battle Creek ANG Base is home station to nearly 1,000 members and I was honored to serve alongside them during difficult times for our state and our nation,” Holtz said in a statement. “They let their families and civilian employers show up for duty on exercise weekends, annual training and deployments, ‘going the call’ with incredible professionalism.”

U.S. Air Force National Guard Private Eran Mikolowski packs food at the South Michigan Food Bank in Battle Creek, Michigan, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, as the number of unemployed hit record highs throughout throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kramer returns to Battle Creek after serving as the commander of the 127th Mission Support Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. A graduate of Michigan Technology University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program, he served on active duty until 1998, when he transferred to the Michigan Air National Guard as a C-130 navigator.” Hercules” at Selfridge. From 2008 to 2019, he held various positions at Battle Creek, including Commander of the 110th Force Support Squadron and Commander of the 217th Air Operations Group.

“The Michigan Air National Guard is first and foremost a community organization,” Kramer said. “The mission of 110 Wing has changed many times over the past eight decades, but our culture of excellence, combined with strong community support, has always been our greatest enabler.”

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley

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