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Business Perspectives
Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and Fort Custer
BY KARA BEER, President
The Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce has a long standing re- lationship with the military and gov- ernment organiza- tions in our com- munity. In 2017
we were honored to be a part of another historical ceremony.
On July 1, 2017 we were humbled to be a part of Fort Custer’s 100 year celebration and the Air National Guard Base’s 70th Anniversary here in Battle Creek.
Our long standing history began a centuryago.OnApril6,1917,theUnited States declared war on Germany. The federal government soon issued a call for sites for cantonments, training centers and recruits. The Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce assembled land here in Battle Creek that had good
To All of
Our Resident Veterans...
railroad connections. It was selected for the Wisconsin/Michigan region. Con- struction began on July 1, 1917 and the site was officially named after General George A. Custer on July 18, 1917. The first inductees arrived that September. Nearly 100,000 troops mobilized and trained here during the war, including the African American 536th Engineer Services Battalion. After some 92,000 troops demobilized here, the camp was
used for Citizens’ Military Training Camps and was a district headquarter for the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was reactivated in 1940 as a permanent Army training installation, becoming Fort Custer.
Join us as we honor our armed forces on November 3 at FireKeepers Casino for a special Appreciation Luncheon. For tickets or more information contact the chamber at (269) 962-4076.
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