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MADISON, Wis. — Two retired Airmen were inducted into the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters Oct. 14.

MADISON, Wis. — As technology takes an ever-growing role in our lives, it also grows in complexity and keeping up with security advice can be confusing.

Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker once again invite family members of Wisconsin service members to send a holiday ornament dedicated to their loved one for this year’s “Tribute to our Troops” holiday tree at the executive residence.

Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard Soldiers commenced training as the 32nd Division 100 years ago at Camp MacArthur, Texas in preparation for overseas service in World War I.

MILWAUKEE — The 128th Air Refueling Wing was honored by two military associations for its outstanding service this past year.

MADISON, Wis. — Cyber criminals are sneaky — they are constantly coming up with new ways to get what they want. They like to target employees inside businesses and other organizations.

First Lady Tonette Walker and Gov. Scott Walker hosted more than 750 Wisconsin National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families at the Executive Residence in Madison, Wisconsin Oct. 1 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 32nd “Red Arrow” Division — whose heritage is carried today by the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team — and the 70th Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Air National Guard.

Wisconsin’s state interoperability programs have been consolidated under one state agency — the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA). This change is directed in the 2017-19 state budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard leadership joined families, friends and community members at a formal sendoff ceremony Sept. 30 for nearly 30 Soldiers of Detachment one, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion who will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

A mobile kitchen and 16 Airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard are on their way to Puerto Rico to lend support in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted the U.S. in recent weeks.

MADISON, Wis. — We lead internet-connected, digital lives. From our homes to work, computers, notebooks, smart phones and other devices have made our lives easier. This has also made us vulnerable to cyber attackers. That’s why Governor Scott Walker has designated October as Wisconsin’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

A team of six Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing that deployed to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is the latest in the Wisconsin National Guard’s ongoing response to the hurricanes that have affected the United States over the past month.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Family and friends of Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery attended a family-oriented, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) live-fire demonstration on a sunny Saturday morning at Fort McCoy, Sept. 9.

About 30 new Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers gathered in Madison and Merrill, Wisconsin, Sept. 9 to complete a final step before they joined their unit as fully qualified Guard members ready to serve their state and nation.

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Gov. Scott Walker and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, visited Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 16 to show support for the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing Airmen currently deployed to Kunsan.

The approximately 650 Wisconsin National Guard troops that answered the call to assist Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma are returning to Wisconsin.

America's Dairyland flew some of their best Soldiers down to the Sunshine State to accompany their fellow infantrymen, as they work to assist the citizens of Florida, amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the efforts of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the state of Florida and the Florida National Guard bestowed the Florida State Active Duty ribbon to the Soldiers of the badger state at Homestead Air Reserve Base Sept. 16.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team helped distribute basic resources and conduct health and welfare checks to citizens of Century Village in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Sept. 14 following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

Last year, Wisconsin citizens and businesses lost more than $10.7 million dollars in reported losses as a result of cyber crimes. That's according to the FBI. Federal and state law enforcement and IT officials expect that cybercrime will continue to rise. That's why the state of Wisconsin is once again bringing government and private business together to discuss how to work together to combat against cyber threats.

A team of three Soldiers with the Wisconsin National Guard's 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment deployed to Florida Thursday in response to Hurricane Irma, just two weeks after returning from Korea where they participated in a major international exercise.

A team of Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers is helping fuel critical life functions for Florida residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

VOLK FIELD, Wis. - With the help of approximately 45 Wisconsin National Guard Airmen, three C-17 Globemaster and seven C-130 Hercules military aircraft, more than 600 members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 40 short tons of cargo left Wisconsin Sept. 11 en route to Florida to assist with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts there.

MADISON, Wis. - Members of Wisconsin's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (WI-TF1) are on their way back to Wisconsin. The team had been requested by the state of Florida to assist with search and rescue efforts in the Jacksonville area, but the mission was cancelled when damage from Hurricane Irma was less severe than anticipated in that area.

At Florida's request, the Wisconsin National Guard will limit its response to Hurricane Irma to the approximately 650 Wisconsin troops that already arrived in Florida, Wisconsin officials learned Sept. 12. Those en route to Florida will return to Wisconsin, while those waiting to depart will remain in Wisconsin.

As the nation marked the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops began loading up into military trucks or aircraft — en route to Florida to assist the ongoing Hurricane Irma relief efforts there.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (WI-TF1) is traveling to Florida to assist in response and recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Irma. WI-TF1 will begin a 10-day deployment in the Jacksonville, Florida area later today but may move to other areas as needed. The team is bringing specialized equipment and supplies for search, rescue — including swift water rescue — communications, medical, and logistics support.

More than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops will be heading to Florida to help in the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma.

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #254, which authorizes the adjutant general to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty to assist civil authorities in Florida, if needed, in response to Hurricane Irma. The order also temporarily waives certain federal and state regulations for interstate and intrastate carriers providing direct emergency relief and assistance relating to Hurricane Irma.

Nearly 30 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield this fall.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — In the days before they learned they could be activated to assist the state of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in their role as first military responder, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in an exacting exercise to prepare them for their federal mission as America’s primary combat reserve.

The Wisconsin National Guard is readying troops to respond to Gov. Scott Walker’s offer to assist Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

When the alarm goes off, everyone knows their role, and each member of the team moves quickly to man their individual positions.

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.

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In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, it is important to restate the values we share as Soldiers, Airmen and civilian public servants. We value loyalty, respect and courage. It is imperative that we actively adhere to these values-and step in to prevent the bad acts of others.

Sexual violence disrupts our mission and it destroys lives. We must remember to stay vigilant to ourselves and to each other. This is accomplished by staying attentive to the warning signs and stopping inappropriate behavior at the forefront before it becomes a problem.

It is our responsibility to be active bystanders and speak up when we see an issue. Even more importantly, we must treat the victims that come forward with the utmost respect and encouragement that they deserve. These courageous individuals are taking steps to help themselves, protect others from a similar fate and ultimately, ensure our mission readiness. If you see something that is not appropriate, speak up or report it to your supervisor. Do not stay silent.

The victims of sexual violence are all around us, they are men and women and they are often silent and suffering. The scars are hidden, but the wounds do not go away. Our society is slowly changing and so are the negative stigmas of the victims often associated with these crimes. We are seeing this positive shift as more and more victims from past and current conflicts come forward to get the help that they need to move forward. If you are a victim, please do not stay silent.

To raise awareness and honor survivors of sexual violence, I invite you to show your support by participating in International Denim Day on April 26. You are encouraged to put your uniform aside and wear denim jeans on this day.

Protecting our people, protects our mission. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that we operate in an environment free from sexual violence. I am counting on all of you to act and report and together, we will continue to foster an environment where this type of behavior is not tolerated.

 

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) resources:

State Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
MAJ Robert Brania
608-469-2627

Victim Advocate Coordinator
SFC Katy Werginz
608-630-7225

DoD Safe Helpline
1-877-995-5247
https://www.safehelpline.org

 


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Being in the National Guard requires commitment and sacrifice. Our members understand this and gladly accept the challenge, but families also share this burden – especially children. That’s why it is right to recognize and honor the commitment, contributions, and sacrifices of the children of our service members.

This year’s theme is “Military Kids: At Home Across the World.” The U.S. military around the world is focusing providing service member families the quality of life they deserve. Here in Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction has joined us in commemorating this special month and is urging teachers and administrators across the state to honor our military youth and families. We thank them for their support.

In the Wisconsin National Guard, we are encouraging our youth to participate in the “Young Lives, Big Stories” contest, designed to tell the story of service members through the eyes of their children. The contest is open to children in preschool through 12th grade. We will also show our support with Purple Up Wisconsin (#WIpurpleup), April 13, inviting all of our members and their families to wear purple as a visual show of support.

People are our greatest asset. Our Soldiers and Airmen selflessly serve and fulfill the National Guard’s two core missions — first military responder at home and as the primary combat reserve for the United States Army and Air Force. For our members, their families are at the core of why they serve. When we support families — especially children — we support those who make our National Guard great and keep us “Always Ready, Always There.”

 


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.