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Approximately 75 current and former members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band gathered in Waunakee, Wisconsin Aug. 13 for a concert to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 229th Engineer Company will move from Platteville, Wisconsin, to a vacant armory in Richland Center, Wisconsin, this fall.

An exchange program has helped forge personal relationships and improve interoperability between the United States and the United Kingdom after partnering noncommissioned officers from both countries together for two weeks of training in Wisconsin.

Tod Pritchard jokes that he wears many hats as Wisconsin Emergency Management’s assistant public information officer — but his Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) hat might just be his favorite.

 

MADISON, Wis. – Family and friends gathered together in a sendoff ceremony held at Truax Field on August 3 to bid farewell to Airmen of the 115th Fighter Wing deploying on a four month rotation to Kunsan Air Base, Korea. The Airmen are deploying in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Theater Security Package intended to demonstrate a commitment to stability and security in the region.

 

Imagine your daily routine. Waking up and drinking a cup of coffee, driving to work, grumbling about the traffic, working eight or more hours, then returning home to spend time with your family before laying your head on your pillow only to wake up and do it all again.

Roadways in Monroe County affected by flood debris in the wake of heavy flooding last month are clear once again thanks to the efforts of engineers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Wisconsin Army National Guard units continued construction on the Mosinee Athletic Complex — classified as an innovative readiness training project — July 17 for the third year as part of their annual training.

Approximately 200 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Madison, Wisconsin-based 176th Fighter Squadron, of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing, are set to deploy to Kunsan Air Base, Korea for a four-month rotation. The aircraft and personnel are scheduled to arrive at Kunsan this month.

 

 

Engineers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard completed their debris removal mission in the Town of Portland, Wisconsin, July 30 and moved onto the Town of Jefferson Monday where they will conduct a similar mission.

 

 

Aviation enthusiasts visiting the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh this year may have experienced the Wisconsin National Guard’s increased role in the event.

 

Engineers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard are on duty today in Monroe County assisting local communities with flood debris cleanup after heavy rains caused severe flooding across Western Wisconsin last week.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists from across the nation honed their skills during two weeks of intensive training known as Audacious Warrior, an exercise held between two training bases in Wisconsin last month.

 

Wisconsin’s adjutant general was featured as a keynote speaker to a group of American Legion members for the third consecutive year.

 

A Wisconsin park received a breath of fresh air, reviving its meaning for future generations, when Red Arrow Park in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was rededicated during a July 15 ceremony.

The Wisconsin National Guard is delivering approximately 10,000 sandbags to Trempealeau County today in advance of severe thunderstorms that could cause additional flooding in the area.

 

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — A Wisconsin Army National Guard senior scout from the Reedsburg, Wisconsin-based Troop C, 1st Squadron, 105th Cavalry Regiment, was a top-three finisher in the National Guard Bureau’s Best Warrior Competition, which concluded July 20.

MILWAUKEE — The 128th Air Refueling Wing welcomed Col. James Locke as their new commander during a July 15 change of command ceremony held at General Mitchell Airfield.

 

CAMP WILLIAMS, Wis. — The Wisconsin Army National Guard celebrated the centennial anniversary of the Red Arrow July 18 at Camp Williams, Wisconsin.

General Order 95, a five-page document published by the War Department 100 years ago today, serves as the birth certificate for the 32nd Division.

Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving on state active duty in the wake of extreme flooding concluded their mission to support civil authorities in Burlington, Wisconsin, today.

 

More than 80 National Guard Reaction Force troops are in Burlington, Wisconsin in Racine County, assisting local authorities in the wake of extreme flooding there.

Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency authorizing the adjutant general to activate more than 80 Wisconsin National Guard troops — part of the National Guard Reaction Force — today to assist local response efforts to flooding in three southeastern Wisconsin counties.

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Army National Guard's 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade has a new commander after a formal ceremony in Milwaukee, July 8.

VOLK FIELD, Wis. — Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center once again demonstrated its value as a premiere training destination for America’s Airmen during an innovative two-week competition in June.

CROW AGENCY, Mont. — Members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, along with members from several other Air and Army National Guard units, worked for two weeks in June to finish the construction of six new homes and the refurbishing of 10 others for U.S. military veterans as part of the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program.

IRT is a U.S. military volunteer training opportunity that provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public service needs. The site manager for the project, Senior Master Sgt. Lonnie Bean, describes the work as “hands-on training for our engineers in all phases of construction.”

WAUSAU, Wis. — It’s not every day that a 1966 John Deere 4020 tractor tows a 1969 A-7 Corsair II aircraft through city streets.

NECEDAH, Wis. — Ninety-two formerly at-risk teens from communities across Wisconsin graduated from a 22-week residential program June 17 designed to break down bad habits and instill a value system that leads to positive life choices.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Soldiers and Airmen from both the Wisconsin and Minnesota National Guard tested their ability to respond to a hazardous materials incident during an exercise June 4-7 in Duluth, Minnesota and Superior.

In honor of the birthday of the U.S. Army, members of the WI National Guard and the nearby Marine Reserve participated in a two-mile fun run. The group began the run at 7 a.m. at the Department of Military Affairs Facility this morning.

A group of Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers with the 108th Forward Support Company completed the Murph Challenge on May 29 at Crossfit Blue Moon in Sussex, Wisconsin, commemorating fallen service members as part of a Memorial Day tradition.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company for the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team received the Meritorious Unit Commendation in a ceremony last month for its service during a 2014-15 deployment to Kuwait and Jordan.

The Red Arrow changed hands from Col. Michael George to Col. John Oakley during a formal ceremony at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin Saturday (June 3).

DULUTH, Minn. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting a domestic response exercise with local first responders in Duluth and Superior, June 4-7.

VOLK FIELD, Wis. — The unthinkable happens. An aircraft goes down, there’s panic, there’s chaos and there’s destruction. The Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery (CDDAR) team is one of the specialized, highly trained teams that would respond to this type of situation. To ensure team members are up to the task, the Volk Field Air National Guard base recently hosted an exclusive CDDAR training course unlike any other in the U.S. Air Force.

Two years running, the co-founders of a Wisconsin veteran advocacy organization have been named as recipients to an award that recognizes both outstanding military and volunteer achievements.

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Members of the Wisconsin National Guard took part in Cyber Shield 17 April 24-May 6 at Camp Williams, Utah. Cyber Shield is a National Guard exercise in cooperation with the U.S. Army Reserve designed to conduct defensive cyber operations, training and assessment for Defensive Cyber Operations Elements (DCOEs), Cybersecurity detachments and Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs).

VOLK FIELD, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined families and friends in bidding farewell to approximately 110 Airmen of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Control Squadron (ACS) during a sendoff ceremony Friday (May 12).

Emergency response professionals came together for Wisconsin’s annual Statewide Interoperable Mobile Communications Exercise, known as SIMCOM, in Sauk County April 25-27.

Spc. Robert Kniprath, a senior scout from Troop C, 1-105th Calvary Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will represent the Wisconsin Army National Guard at the National Guard-level Best Warrior Competition later this summer, after winning the regional competition May 11 at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

VOLK FIELD, Wis. — Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Wisconsin last week (May 5) to observe Northern Lightning, an annual counterland joint training exercise involving active duty and National Guard units.

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Army National Guard Hall of Honor inducted three recipients during a formal ceremony May 7 at Joint Forces Headquarters in Madison.

CAMP WILLIAMS, UTAH. — Cyber Shield 17 kicked off Sunday here with participation from the Army and Air National Guard, United States Army Reserve, federal and state government agencies, and industry partners.

More than 12,000 students and teachers from southeastern Wisconsin were on the edge of their seats in the stands of Miller Park April 6 while learning about inclement weather and watching demonstrations on eclipses, making clouds and preparing pets for emergencies for Weather Day.

CAMP DOUGLAS, Wis. — Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center will host aircraft and personnel from multiple active duty Air Force, National Guard and Navy units as part of the annual Northern Lightning Counterland training exercise May 1-12.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. - A select group of sixteen Soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard faced off in the 2017 State Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., April 21-23.

Eight noncommissioned officers and eight Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard competed in the three-day state-level event for the opportunity to represent Wisconsin at the upcoming regional Best Warrior Competition at Camp Dodge, Iowa in May.

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined families and friends at a formal sendoff ceremony April 22 for nearly seven dozen members of the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment who will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

When Cindy Brosig first started using her G.I. Bill to earn her master’s degree in nursing, she thought animal therapy was just a way for people to bring dogs to the hospital for patients to pet.
After devoting two years of research, papers and projects to animal therapy, she learned there was much more to it.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — At 5:45 a.m. today, 16 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers began the three-day gauntlet that is the Best Warrior Competition with push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run — the first three events in a demanding test of their physical fitness and endurance, marksmanship, land navigation, Soldier skills, military bearing and composure.

MILWAUKEE — More than 120 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers of the 32nd Military Police Company returned to Wisconsin April 13 following a nine-month deployment in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, the adjutant general of Wisconsin, released the following statement regarding the passing of Staff Sgt. Anthony J. Borostowski, of Tomah, Wisconsin, who died in the line of duty with the Wisconsin State Patrol after his patrol car struck a tree on Interstate 90/94.

CAMP DOUGLAS, Wis. — The Volk Field Air National Guard Base unveiled their newly renovated Counterland Operations Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

The 65 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers who served with Detachment 1, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division Multi-Component Unit (DMCU) were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award at a March 25 ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin, in recognition of their efforts while deployed to Iraq and Kuwait last year.

“We are now about to accept gauge of battle with this natural foe to liberty and shall, if necessary, spend the whole force of the nation to check and nullify its pretensions and its power ... There are, it may be, many months of fiery trial and sacrifice ahead of us. It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance.”

Twenty Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers from the 64th Troop Command joined nearly 13,000 other U.S. service members and another 10,000 South Korean service members during last month’s annual Key Resolve command and control exercise.

More than 120 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers from the 32nd Military Police Company returned to the U.S. March 30 after a deployment to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In an almost entirely male unit, Capt. Sarah Latza could be viewed as a pioneer, a trailblazer, or an icon for a military in the midst of integrating female Soldiers into jobs previously off limits for female personnel.

MADISON, Wis. — Members of the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron (SFS) participated in a quarterly training capstone exercise on base March 18-19.

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker promoted Col. David O’Donahue to the rank of brigadier general during a formal ceremony March 16 in the Senate Chamber of the state capitol building.

Approximately 85 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve this spring.

Wisconsin Army National Guard Spc. Amanda Huenink, a medic with the 135th Medical Company, was working third shift Jan. 31 at her civilian job as a dispatcher for the Waukesha Police Department. Around 2 a.m., she received a frantic 911 call from a man whose wife was in active labor. Delivery was imminent.

MILWAUKEE - One of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's largest troop formations has a new commander at the helm after a formal ceremony in Milwaukee March 4.

The nearly 1,700-Soldier 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, known as the "Iron Brigade," bid farewell to outgoing commander Col. David O'Donahue after two years leading the brigade. Col. J.R. Treharne succeeds him as the new commander.

Four Wisconsin Air National Guard members have been recognized as Wisconsin’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2017.

The Wisconsin National Guard announced that registration is open for the 24th year of its annual Youth Camp in July 2017.

In observance of Black History Month, Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, Madison College president, shared his insight with a group of Department of Military Affairs Soldiers, Airmen and employees in Witmer Hall at Joint Force Headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 9 as the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity office’s guest speaker.

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The initial group of Soldiers to participate in the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s first Cohesion, Operational Readiness and Training (COHORT) program graduated from the initial phases of their training Feb. 2, marking a promising first edition for the pilot program.

More than 200 Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and volunteers from other units participated in a Warfighter Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 28 to Feb. 17.

The Wisconsin Army National Guard looks back at 2016

More than 190 Airmen from the Madison, Wisconsin-based 115th Fighter Wing returned home from the three-week Red Flag training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 23-Feb. 10.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — According to an old axiom, build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. For the Wisconsin Army National Guard, that axiom would be about building a better way to store mortar tubes.

Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined families and friends at two formal sendoff ceremonies Thursday (Feb. 2) for approximately 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard aviation Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait in the coming weeks.

For every other senior Wisconsin National Guard leader, visiting the 32nd Military Police Company at Joint Task Force Guantanamo in Cuba last month was a trip to a foreign country.

But for Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s senior enlisted leader, it was a return to the land of his birth - a country he and his family fled 48 years ago. Conde was part of an official visit, led by Gov. Scott Walker and Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to visit with the 32nd Military Police Company Soldiers deployed there.

Earlier this month, Wisconsin Emergency Management and Wisconsin National Guard personnel were joined by two dozen AT&T Pioneers volunteers at Joint Force Headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, to assemble approximately 12,000 Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) starter emergency kits as part of an annual classroom program to teach fifth-grade students how to prepare for emergencies or disasters.

CAMP GRAYLING, Mich. — On Sept. 11, 1917, Michigan’s 2nd Infantry Regiment reorganized as the 126th Infantry Regiment and became part of the storied 32nd Division.

An expansion of the Volk Field Special Activity Airspace (VFSAA) near the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, became reality in late 2016.

Nearly 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Freedom Sentinel later this winter.

The Wisconsin National Guard announced plans to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the 32nd Division’s service in World War I and honor its historic legacy.

DE FOREST, Wis. — A retired astronaut shared his unique perspective on aviation safety at the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s annual Aviation Safety Conference held Jan. 7 at the DeForest High School Performing Arts Center.