32nd Infantry Battalion Combat Team

From Iraq to Fox Business
June 2, 2010

Fox Business News Field Photographer Frank Merola went from fighting for our country to joining the Fox Business team. He shares his inspirational story.

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Red Arrow Soldiers converge on Stevens Point for state homecoming celebration
June 2, 2010

Wisconsin is invited to honor the 3,200 Soldiers and families of the 32nd 'Red Arrow' Infantry Brigade Combat Team and celebrate the completion of their successful tour of duty to Iraq with a parade, live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

The June 19 'Back from the Sand' celebration in Stevens Point is possible due to generous contributions from Sentry Insurance, USO of Illinois/Wisconsin and numerous other contributors.

Following the parade, Gov. Jim Doyle will join members of Congress, state legislators, mayors and National Guard officials at a recognition ceremony at Pfiffner Pioneer Park. Live music - including The Spirit of the USO - Illinois and country singers Brian Stace and Brittini Black - military displays and family-friendly activities will also be featured. Food will be free for Soldiers and their families, and available for purchase to the public. The event will conclude at 6 p.m.

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Health care options part of veterans benefit information weekend
March 11, 2010

The more than 3,200 Soldiers that deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat team may be home, but the reintegration to civilian life has just begun.

Since Feb. 19, and nearly every weekend through March, Soldiers and their families are attending the first of three reintegration events. During this phase, they spend two days receiving briefings and meeting one-on-one with various subject matters experts regarding employment rights, veteran's benefits, veterans service organizations and education benefits - and also to make sure they know their options to continue military health care.

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Welcome Home message from the Adjutant General of Wisconsin
February 19, 2010

Welcome home Wisconsin National Guard!

More than 3,200 "Red Arrow" Soldiers returned to Wisconsin recently, marking the end of an historic year in the Wisconsin National Guard. In 2009, the Wisconsin National Guard deployed as many as 40 percent of our Soldiers and Airmen for combat operations. Of the units that deployed, the largest formation was the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) - Wisconsin's largest operational deployment since World War II. The 32nd IBCT is a direct descendant of the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division that served in World Wars I and II, and was mobilized for the Berlin Crisis of 1961. This record deployment completes another proud chapter in the 32nd's history and reaffirms the "Red Arrow" legacy and motto - "Forward."

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More Red Arrow Soldiers expected home Sunday
January 24, 2010

About 30 Wisconsin Guard members are expected to arrive in Madison Sunday (Jan. 24), having completed their tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The first flight includes approximately 20 Soldiers mostly from the 32nd Infantry Brigade headquarters who have spent the final days of their tour in Kuwait coordinating flights for the other more than 3,000 troops who returned to Wisconsin recently. Following an initial reunion with their families, Soldiers will travel to nearby Fort McCoy to begin about five days of demobilization processing before being released from active duty.

The second flight includes 12 Soldiers from the Madison - based Company B, 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Military Intelligence). While also members of the 32nd Brigade, these Soldiers spent their year of active duty in Iraq with the 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard. They returned to the U.S. last week and have been conducting demobilization activities in Fort Lewis, Wash.

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Team Wisconsin comes together to serve state's newest veterans
January 20, 2010

As the approximately 3,200 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers who deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team return from Iraq this month, one mission remains - and a team of state agencies are working to give Soldiers the tools they need to complete that mission.

To ensure success on this front, the Wisconsin Service Member Support Division joined forces with the state Department of Workforce Development and the state Department of Veterans Affairs, along with several other agencies, to help returning Soldiers and Airmen understand what rights and benefits they have earned as veterans - in particular, education, employment and health care, and the opportunity to file service-related Veterans Administration disability claims before leaving active duty.

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Most 32nd Brigade Soldiers now back in Wisconsin
January 18, 2010

Shortly before noon on a brisk Monday (Jan. 18) morning, more than 280 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers arrived at Volk Field to the cheers and embraces of family and friends, bringing the year-long journey of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team - from Wisconsin to Texas to Iraq and back to Wisconsin again - almost to a close.

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More than 1,300 Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on the next wave of arrivals
January 16, 2010

Four flights of Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be arriving in Wisconsin Sunday through Monday, bringing home all but about 20 of the 3,200 Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Brigade.

Sunday's flights include Soldiers mostly from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, Racine; the 108th Forward Support Company, Sussex; Company A (Engineer), 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Onalaska; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company , 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Appleton and Clintonville; Company A , 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Waupun and Ripon; and Company D, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Marinette.

Monday's flights include Soldiers mostly from Company A, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, Janesville; and Company D, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, Baraboo and Madison.

One additional flight is scheduled later in the week with about 20 Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters who have spent the final days of their tour coordinating all the flights for returning Soldiers.

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Change in arrival times for some Wisconsin Guard Soldiers
January 14, 2010

Three more flights of Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive in Wisconsin soon.

One flight is scheduled to arrive late today which includes Soldiers mostly from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Fond du Lac; and some member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Appleton and Clintonville.

Two flights are now scheduled to arrive Friday.

The first flight, scheduled to arrive very early Friday morning includes mostly from the 829th Engineer Company, Chippewa Falls, Richland Center and Ashland; Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, Portage; and some members of Company A , 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Onalaska and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Appleton and Clintonville.

The second Friday flight, (originally expected Thursday), includes Soldiers mostly from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Green Bay; Company B (Support Maintenance), 257th Brigade Support Battalion, Kenosha; and some members of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 105th Cavalry, Madison and Troop C, Reedsburg.

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More than 750 32nd Brigade Soldiers on next wave of arrivals
January 13, 2010

Three more flights of Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be arriving in Wisconsin soon.

Two flights are scheduled to arrive late Thursday.

The first flight includes Soldiers mostly from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Green Bay; Company B (Support Maintenance), 257th Brigade Support Battalion, Kenosha; and some members of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 105th Cavalry, Madison and Troop C, Reedsburg.

The second flight includes Soldiers mostly from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Fond du Lac; and some member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, Appleton and Clintonville.

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500 more 32nd Brigade Soldiers return to Wisconsin Wednesday
January 12, 2010

Approximately 500 Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will return to Wisconsin Wednesday (Jan. 13).

Two flights will arrive Wednesday. The first flight includes Soldiers mostly from the 32nd Military Police Company, Milwaukee and Oconomowoc; the 1158th Transportation Company, Beloit and Black River Falls; and some members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 32nd Brigade. The second flight includes Soldiers mostly from Troop B, 105th Cavalry, Watertown; Troop C, 105th Cavalry, Reedsburg; and some members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 32nd Brigade.

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Nearly 300 more Soldiers from the 32nd Brigade return to Wisconsin Tuesday
January 11, 2010

Nearly 300 Soldiers from Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will return to Wisconsin Tuesday (Jan. 12) from Iraq following a year-long deployment.

Tuesday's flight will include additional members of the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Eau Claire and Abbotsford; Company B, New Richmond and Rice Lake; and Company D, River Falls.

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32nd Brigade completes Iraq mission
January 8, 2010

The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters officially transferred authority of the Joint Area Support Group-Command to the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Texas Army National Guard during ceremony Thursday (Jan. 7). Their next mission is board a plane for Wisconsin, demobilize and begin the reintegration process back to civilian life.

The ceremony took place at the al Salam Palace at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Baghdad. Following several months of historic transfers of property from U.S. control back to the Iraqis, the 32nd quietly ended its mission with Col. Steve Bensend, brigade commander, and Command Sgt. Major Ed Hansen furling and casing the brigade colors.

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Troop A, 105th Cavalry leads return of 32nd Brigade to Wisconsin
January 6, 2010

The 3,200 Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and six other Wisconsin Army National Guard units will return to Wisconsin beginning Tuesday. Leading the way will be approximately 115 Soldiers, mostly from the Fort Atkinson-based Troop A, 105th Calvary, followed by the remaining 3,000 Soldiers throughout the month.

All are scheduled to return to Volk Field where they will be met by senior National Guard officials, a military band and family members - homecomings are not open to the general public. Following an initial reunion with their families and a brief official "welcome home," the Soldiers will travel to nearby Fort McCoy to begin about five days of demobilization processing before being released from active duty.

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More than 3,000 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers return from Iraq in January
January 4, 2010

The 3,200 Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and six other Wisconsin Army National Guard units will return to Wisconsin beginning Tuesday. Leading the way will be approximately 115 Soldiers, mostly from the Fort Atkinson-based Troop A, 105th Calvary, followed by the remaining 3,000 Soldiers throughout the month. All are scheduled to return to Volk Field where they will be met by senior National Guard officials, a military band and family members — homecomings are not open to the general public. Following an initial reunion with their families and a brief official "welcome home," the Soldiers will travel to nearby Fort McCoy to begin about five days of demobilization processing before being released from active duty.

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Farewell, Iraq
January 2, 2010

BAGHDAD - It's been a long deployment for 3,200-plus soldiers of the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, but it is finally coming to an end. Sometime in early January, the first of many chartered airliners will touch down at a Wisconsin airfield and Red Arrow soldiers will begin planting their boots back on the ground in their home state after completing their service in Iraq.

As the 32nd Brigade's public affairs officer in Iraq, I've had an opportunity to send a few dozen releases from Baghdad over the past eight months to let Wisconsin know what our troops are doing here. These have all been straightforward, fact-based descriptions of our units' missions and our soldiers' accomplishments. In this final dispatch, I will be a bit more personal, as some of the things I think Wisconsin should know are less tangible. So opinions and impressions I have formed from my observations here are sprinkled in.

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32nd Brigade wrapping things up in Iraq
December 24, 2009

The Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is upbeat about spending the holidays on deployment in Iraq, in part because everyone knows what the new year will bring.

"Right now we're in the midst of transferring our missions all over Iraq to our replacement unit from the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the Texas National Guard," explained Lt. Col. Tim Donovan, public affairs officer for the 32nd Brigade. "So as we complete that process, which is called 'relief in place,' we'll have a formal transfer of authority ceremony. At that point the mission is theirs and we're cleared to go home."

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Wisconsin Troops Help Shape Iraq's Future with Scouting
December 11, 2009

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U.S. Army Transfers Property to Iraq Government
December 11, 2009

B-roll package of a major property transfer to the government of Iraq in Baghdad. This package includes an interview with Col. Martin of Seymour, Wis. (near Green Bay). Col. Seifer is in charge of Installations and real property transfers.

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Soldiers thank students for care packages with visit
Leader-Telegram
Eau Claire,WI,USA
By Christena T. O'Brien, Leader-Telegram
December 11, 2009

A classroom was filled with anticipation Thursday at Memorial High School as students sat around unwrapped gifts. Rather than exchanging presents themselves as they normally would do, the students with severe cognitive disabilities decided it was better to give than receive this year - at the suggestion of Melissa Bushendorf, a special education teacher - and they couldn't wait to show off the contents of the packed boxes: their presents to U.S. troops

To make the efforts of the 23 students more meaningful, Bushendorf invited a friend - Eric Kitelinger of Eau Claire - to speak to the class Thursday. Kitelinger, a chief warrant officer in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and Clint Simenson, a staff sergeant, served in Iraq.

"They are definitely going to love you guys," Kitelinger told the students....

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Soldiers Enjoy Camp Bucca Golf Course
December 10, 2009

From the air, the basic outline of Camp Bucca appears as most military forward operating bases in Iraq, except for nine fluttering white flags affixed to poles jutting from the ground.

The flags aren't tokens of surrender, but they often elicit cries of frustration from soldiers who have thrown their best at this opponent, only to be repelled.

Army Master Sgt. Brian Franzen, a platoon sergeant in "D" Company of the Wisconsin National Guard's 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, said it's just par for the course.

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Wisconsin Army Guard unit flying solo at Camp Bucca
December 8, 2009

After several months of collaboration, the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry said farewell to the 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron of the Air Force's 586th Air Expeditionary Group.

The 887th furled its guidon during a Dec. 3 ceremony at Camp Bucca, Iraq, officially ending the squadron's three-year partnership with the Army providing counterinsurgency, detainee operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support.

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Thanksgiving in Baghdad, Iraq
December 1st, 2009

It's not like the holiday meal Mom made, but Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to the International Zone in Baghdad, Iraq were still able to tuck into a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day.

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H1N1 vaccinations
December 1st, 2009

Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Baghdad, Iraq plan to return home safe and sound. Thanks to a recent H1N1 vaccination clinic, they will come home flu-free as well.




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Coming around the far turn: Across the 32nd Brigade
November 19, 2009

The 3,200 men and women of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have accomplished a lot during their time in Iraq so far: big accomplishments like closing the largest detention facility on Earth at Camp Bucca; small accomplishments like winning the flag football championship at Camp Cropper.

And wherever they are serving in Iraq, Red Arrow soldiers are making a difference.

Here is what some of our units want their Wisconsin hometowns to know about their service in Iraq - the big things, the small things, and all of the individual and organizational accomplishments in between.

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Wisconsin National Guard ground, air commanders meet in Iraq
November 8, 2009

IRAQ - While more than 3,200 Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have their boots on the ground in Iraq, some of their fellow Guardsmen from the state's Air National Guard have their jets in the sky overhead. It isn't often that aerial support for Army Guard ground troops comes from an Air Guard unit from the same state, but for the past two months about 300 members of Wisconsin's Madison-based 115th Fighter Wing are in Iraq with about a dozen F-16 fighters.

The two top commanders - Army Guard Col. Steven Bensend and Air Guard Lt. Col. Erik Peterson - met at an air base in Iraq as the fighter unit was nearing completion of its mission here.

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Bucca's best come out 'guns blazing' for competition
November 3, 2009

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - With speed and precision, Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Benzshawel, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, 17th Fires Brigade took home top honors in this year's 3-Gun Competition at Camp Bucca Oct. 17. The Appleton native edged out the closest of 69 other competitors by 2.19 seconds.

Airmen, civilians, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from across Camp Bucca demonstrated their proficiency wielding a variety of weapons to include the M-9 pistol, M-4 carbine and M-500 shotgun in hopes of earning top bragging rights as the camp's top marksman.

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Wisconsin Guard has key role in Baghdad's future
October 26, 2009

With a few pen strokes and hugs, and two very large keys, the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team officially transferred two large properties inside Baghdad's International Zone back to the Iraqi government.

"In terms of square footage of habitable structures, Essayons and Freedom Compound are the largest we've turned over so far," said the 32nd Brigade's Maj. Gregory Schlub, officer in charge of real properties for Joint Area Support Group-Central in Baghdad.

The two properties, formerly used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, total 35 acres and about 380,000 square feet of building space. They include 650 apartments, three business towers, a museum and seven villas.

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Food, fun and football link families with deployed Soldiers
October 21, 2009

Families and friends of the Wisconsin National Guard gathered at the Alliant Energy Center Sunday (Oct. 18) to Tailgate with the Troops - the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, that is.

Thanks to modern technology and lots of community support, more than 2,000 family members feasted on brats, hot dogs, pizza and chips and watched the Green Bay Packers cream the Detroit Lions - with their deployed Soldiers.

The event, "Tailgating with the Troops" was sponsored by Serving the 32nd, a private organization whose mission is to bring together the people of Wisconsin to say "thank you" to the Soldiers and families of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Coming off the backstretch: Around the 32nd Brigade
October 15, 2009

IRAQ - The Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team continues its mission on the ground during a time of historic transition in Iraq. Soldiers there are deeply involved in turning territory back over to the Iraqis as well as building public works projects, sometimes with not much more than Wisconsin ingenuity, for Iraqi residents. Read the comprehensive report on the latest developments for the 32nd IBCT online here.

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32nd IBCT in Iraq
32nd Brigade Sgt. Frank Merola shot video and produced a package on the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd IBCT troops performing their job in Iraq.

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32nd Brigade leaders visit Arcadia, Onalaska Soldiers at remote base
September 23, 2009

CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq - With 27 units spread throughout a country the size of California, the commander of the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade, Col. Steven Bensend, can't just hop in a Humvee to visit his troops. Instead, he orders up a couple of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and takes key staff members along by air.

On one recent visit, Bensend's Black Hawk helicopters dropped into Camp Ashraf, where soldiers from the Arcadia and Onalaska-based Company C, 1-128th Infantry are serving at Forward Operating Base Grizzly. Company C is charged with operating observation points, escorting distinguished visitors in their area, providing personal security details for meetings and movements outside the FOB, and performing resupply patrols.

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132nd says thanks to Portage by hosting carnival
By Jen McCoy, Daily Register
September 15, 2009

It is a thank-you to the Portage community in the form of cotton candy, balloon animals and snow cones. The 132nd Brigade Support Battalion Family Readiness Group will host a carnival for children on Saturday at the Portage Armory, where the brigade is based.

"A bunch of us came up with this as a way to give back to the community because they have done so much for us. Before the soldiers left, the Portage High School band participated in the send-off, and the mayor came out," said Janet McCamey, leader of the 132nd FRG.

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32nd Brigade troops see Packers defeat the Bears
September 14, 2009

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BAGHDAD - With 3,200-plus Wisconsin National Guard troops in Iraq, there was a lot of interest here in the Packers regular season opener. The trouble is, we're 6,282 miles and eight time zones away from the Frozen Tundra.

But in Baghdad, about 30 troops from the Guard's 32nd Brigade got up early (way early) to watch the game, which was broadcast live on the Armed Forces Network beginning at 3:15 a.m. Baghdad time.

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Caring and Sharing: Wisconsin program sends packages to deployed troops
September 10, 2009

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BAGHDAD - Hands frantically tearing at tape and cardboard; an ear-to-ear smile; the excitement of not knowing what is inside; the joy of knowing somebody cares enough to send something. It sounds like Christmas, but it's not. It's an eager soldier opening a care package.

Troops all over Iraq get care packages from groups or anonymous individuals, but 2nd Lt. Johnathan Meyer, an officer who screens applicants for entry into the International Zone in Baghdad with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, has known the woman who sent this package since he was a toddler.

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Dispatches from Wisconsin men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
September 8, 2009

At FOB Bucca, there are several permanent infrastructures originally built to sustain Army forces and missions. These include a brick factory capable of producing up to 1 million bricks per month, an ice plant capable of producing up to 45 tons of ice per day, and a Waste Water Treatment Plant with the ability to sustain a population of over 50,000 people.

In addition -- and most importantly -- we are also currently overseeing the completion of a new water treatment facility capable of producing 2 million gallons of water a day. FOB Bucca is located above the largest aquifer in the region. The new water treatment facility is able to drill down to the water, retrieve it, and then treat it so that it is drinkable. While deployed here, our goals are not only to see through the completion of the construction of this water treatment plant but also to complete several projects that will provide local cities/villages direct access to our water, waste plant, brick, and ice factory assets in the near future. We also intend to provide the vocational training required to sustain these assets after our departure.

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National Guard major seeks to improve Iraqi schools
September 8, 2009

Dirt polished to a dull sheen by the passing hands of generations of schoolchildren covers the bottom 3 feet of hallway walls in the Umm Casr, Iraq, elementary school. Above the dirt line, grammar and math exercises are scrawled on the sand-colored walls. The children have no paper. Virtually every window in the school is broken, the incoming sunlight illuminating a jumble of broken school desks piled in the middle of the classroom.

For Wisconsin Army National Guard Maj. John T. Oakley of Appleton, the image solidifies his resolve to rebuild the school into a positive learning experience for children.

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Halfway point in Iraq: Around the 32nd Brigade
September 7, 2009

More than seven months after they entered active duty in the U.S. Army - and now about halfway through the time they will spend in Iraq - the 3,200 men and women of the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team are focused on missions ranging from transporting detainees from what was once the largest theater internment facility in the country... to securing forward operating bases... to furnishing a shabby school in Umm Qasr... to transferring Baghdad's International Zone back over to the Iraqi government.

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WS senior's exit project has troops in mind
September 3, 2009
Coulee News (West Salem)

West Salem High School senior Catey Greenwood is heading up an effort to let members of Wisconsin's 32nd Infantry Brigade - currently stationed in Iraq -know that they are not forgotten. Greenwood's efforts are part of her senior exit project. "I'm hosting a support group for teens whose family members are currently overseas and we are also creating care packages to send over to the 32nd Brigade by Christmas," Greenwood said. The brigade is in Baghdad, and it's deputy commander is her father, Col. Mark Greenwood.

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Wisconsin Guardsmen hold the hill in Iraq

August 27, 2009
CAMP BUCCA, Iraq - Moving several hundred detainees across Iraq is a daunting task, but for two Wisconsin Army National Guard companies it's just another day.

The two companies, Janesville's Company A, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, and Fond du Lac's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, stationed at Camp Bucca, in southern Iraq, are responsible for transferring detainees from Bucca to theater internment facilities further north. These movements are part of the consolidation of TIFs and the eventual turnover of operations to the government of Iraq. Once detainees are transferred they either continue serving their sentences or are released.

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32nd IBCT Soldier talks to a WXOW-TV reporter about his duties and responsibilities while being deployed

August 18, 2009
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - One of the biggest struggles for deployed soldiers is staying in contact with their loved ones. News 19 was able to connect a local soldier from the 32nd currently stationed in Iraq with his wife from Onalaska through satellite technology. Through the help of satellite, Trina Barnett could speak to her husband stationed thousands of miles away.

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Deployed Wisconsin soldiers honor fallen Marine
August 10, 2009

BAGHDAD - More than 100 service members and civilians honored the memory of a fallen Marine from Wisconsin by participating in the Jerabek Challenge memorial run Aug. 8 at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Baghdad.

Participants from across the International Zone, including 19 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers assigned to the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters, Camp Douglas, Wis., endured early morning temperatures in the 90s as they ran the 4-mile course. Participants received T-shirts sent by Jerabek's mother.

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Eau Claire-Based Unit Switches Focus to Training
August 2, 2009
Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.

For many of the soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, their current deployment to Iraq is at least their second tour of duty in the war-torn Middle East nation. But that doesn't make it old hat by any means. This time around the Eau Claire-based unit's mission and the security situation are vastly different. In many ways, commanders said in telephone interviews last week from Iraq, it's like being in a completely different country from the one they patrolled from November 2004 to October 2005.

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Wisconsin Guard battalion is nation's best
July 27, 2009

IRAQ — A Wisconsin Army National Guard infantry battalion currently serving on active duty in Iraq has been selected as the top battalion in the nation's National Guard. Eau Claire-based 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry will receive the Walter T. Kerwin Jr. Award for Readiness and Training as the outstanding National Guard unit for 2009. The award will be presented in October at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C.

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Red Arrow Letters: Making Sure Every Soldier Gets a Note from Home
WEAU.com, Mary Rinzel with Photographer Duane Wolter
July 23, 2009

At Country Jam, a little ways back from a main stage filled with big names like Tim McGraw is a little girl hoping every fan has time to send some love to our soldiers overseas.

Slightly tucked away, her head just visible above her table, sits a ten year old from Stanley.

"I started a program called Red Arrow Letters," Amanda Wright tells us. "I started it because I have a brother. His name is Kane Lambert and he's in the Wisconsin National Guard."

Kane Lambert is serving in Iraq with the 32nd Infantry Red Arrow Brigade.

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Camp Cropper Theater Internment Facility

July 21, 2009
32nd Brigade Sgt. Frank Merola shot video and produced a package on the Wisconsin Army National Guard troops working at the Theater Internment Facility (TIF). Video and photography inside TIFs is tightly restricted, so this cleared video footage offers a fairly rare look inside.

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Wisconsin Guardsmen help build future for Iraq

July 20, 2009
At the Iraqi National Training Academy, located on Victory Base Complex near Baghdad, Iraqi instructors are training four platoons of recruits to become the foundation of the Iraqi correctional system.

This facility is the first of its kind, and this is the first class to be trained entirely by Iraqi instructors.

"This facility, from the ground up, has been designed to be the leading edge of the American withdrawal of forces from Iraq," said 2nd Lt. Christopher Cahak, Company A, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry's officer in charge of training. "It's an incredibly important mission, we take it very seriously and this mission has been handed to the Wisconsin National Guard."

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A long way from home
Picnic brings together, supports families of soldiers in Iraq
by the KENOSHA NEWS STAFF
July 20, 2009

Area family members of a National Guard company now in Iraq gathered for a picnic at Petrifying Springs Park on Saturday.

Spouses, children and other relatives of the 125 Bravo Company 257, part of the 32nd Brigade of the Wisconsin National Guard, attended the four-hour gathering with food, beverages, games and face painting.

The families are mostly from Kenosha and Racine counties with others from other southeastern Wisconsin communities.

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Two months into the 32nd Brigade Combat Team's missions in Iraq, this is an update on some of our units from their locations around the country.

BAGHDAD - They have endured frequent dust storms and intense heat. They've overcome language and cultural barriers. They’ve worked long days with little time off. They have missed the births of their sons and daughters. And they’ve been living and working in multiple locations in an active combat zone.

They are the nearly 3,300 soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, two months into their 10-month missions in Iraq.

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SAMARRA, Iraq - The changing role of U.S. forces in Iraq was evident across the entire country June 30, but in Samarra it also created a poignant moment for those who remembered Wisconsin Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd Olson.

Olson, who died Dec. 27, 2004, of wounds he suffered in action in Samarra early in his tour with 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, was honored at a ceremony turning a Samarra patrol base over to the government of Iraq. The outpost, Patrol Base Olson, had carried his name for more than four years.

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Those left behind find many ways to cope with soldier's absence

July 8, 2009

Brenda Christianson is a seasoned veteran. She’s not a soldier - but close. She is the leader of the Family Readiness Group supporting family and friends of soldiers deployed with the Fond du Lac-based Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment of the Wisconsin National Guard. Brenda’s son is currently serving in Iraq. Her husband is scheduled for a second tour of duty in 2010.

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Soldiers' stories - Local guardsmen keep busy in Iraq

July 8, 2009

From taking correspondence courses to learning Spanish and Web site design, local soldiers with the Wisconsin National Guard, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, stationed in Iraq are finding ways to lessen the pain of separation from their families and pass the time.

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Wisconsin National Guard trains Iraqis to run prisons

July 7, 2009

Prison reform was a hot topic in this year's state budget debate in Wisconsin. But it's even more of an issue in Iraq, where Wisconsin National Guard troops are training Iraqis to run detention facilities. The United States is preparing to hand over the detention facilities it's been running since soon after the war began to the sovereign Iraqi government.
By Gil Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio

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  32nd IBCT in Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraq July 6, 2009.
B-roll of members of the Wisconsin National Guard from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducting operations at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in the International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq. Scenes include Soldiers suiting up and going on an armored patrol, a Soldier driving around the base, Soldiers performing office duties and Soldiers working on a chain saw engine.

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Author: Sgt. Frank Merola, Joint Area Support Group-Central
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Wisconsin soldiers run 5K in Iraq

Approximately 30 deployed Wisconsin National Guard soldiers assigned to the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters, Camp Douglas, Wis., endured dust-filled air and early morning temperatures that soared into the 90s as they celebrated Independence Day by participating in the Red Arrow Independence Day 5K run July 4 at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Baghdad.

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Col. Steve Bensend Live from Iraq: 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team discusses US hand over to Iraqi security forces

Col. Steven Bensend, 32nd Infantry Brigade commander, and Lt. Col. Tim Donovan, 32nd PAO, - both serving in Iraq with the Joint Area Support Group (JASG) update Wisconsin about the hand over and Wisconsin Guard troops.

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Wisconsin Guard leaders visit 32nd Brigade in Iraq

Click For High Resolution Photo The senior leaders of the Wisconsin Army National Guard visited many of the 3,200 Wisconsin troops of the state's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq last week. Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson, Wisconsin Army National Guard commander, and state Command Sgt. Maj. George Stopper traveled to several forward operating bases that are home to Wisconsin Guard soldiers for the next eight months.

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105th Cavalry takes charge of base defense and camp support operations at Camp Cropper

Click For High Resolution Photo CAMP CROPPER, IRAQ - A half dozen Wisconsin state flags fly in the dusty desert breeze over Camp Cropper, Iraq, where units of the Wisconsin National have taken over responsibility for base defense, camp support functions and other missions for the next eight months.

Camp Cropper is located near the Baghdad International Airport west of the Iraq capital. The camp's mission includes development of trained Iraqi corrections officers and the care of detainees - a mission that requires support from about 900 soldiers assigned to eight Wisconsin Army National Guard units.

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  Video From Iraq - Lt. Col. Donovan Interview.
Iraq June 19, 2009.
Lt. Col. Donovan talks to a WISC-TV reporter in Madison, Wisc., about the differences in Iraq since the beginning of Iraqi operations, this being the largest deployment of Wisconsin Soldiers since WWII and their living conditions.
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Technology helps soldier see son's birth from overseas
By: Rachel Westberg
The Chetek Alert

(June 17, 2009 IRAQ) — It is a feat that only modern technology could help make possible-a soldier in Iraq was able to witness the birth of his son taking place back in Wisconsin and talk with his wife during the entire process.

That's a story for the baby book, and it is exactly the excitement that took place with the birth of Benjamin Peter Pintens last Wednesday.

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829th Engineer Company soldiers adapt to new mission in Iraq

Click For High Resolution Photo (CAMP CROPPER, Iraq) — Wisconsin Guard soldiers assigned to the 829th Engineer Company are busily engaged in a security mission at the theater internment facility at Camp Cropper, Iraq. The 829th is based in Chippewa Falls, Wis., with detachments in Richland Center and Ashland.

The 829th’s mission for the next eight months focuses on guarding and escorting detainees.

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32nd Brigade troops at Camp Taji work to build better future for Iraq

Click For High Resolution Photo CAMP TAJI, IRAQ June 9, 2009 - At a desert outpost about 20 miles north of Baghdad, three units of Wisconsin National Guardsmen deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team hope something will grow in the barren environment: Iraq’s future.

The units, Company A, 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Onalaska; the 108th Forward Support Company, Sussex; and Battery A, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, Racine, assumed responsibility May 12 for several operations at the theater internment facility reconciliation center at Camp Taji.
By Spc. Tyler Lasure, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

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Wisconsin soldier 'attends' daughter's graduation through cyberspace Click For High Resolution Photo

BAGHDAD June 9, 2009 - Military service in a combat zone 6,294 miles from his home in Seymour, Wis., didn't keep Wisconsin National Guard Col. Martin Seifer from seeing his daughter graduate from her hometown high school June 1.
By Capt. Joy LeMay, 32nd IBCT Public Affairs.

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