A retired Wisconsin Army National Guard helicopter pilot received an Air Medal with “V” device for valor during a Nov. 6 ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico for his actions as part of a Black Hawk medevac crew that saved the life of a critically wounded Marine — twice — in Afghanistan.
MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker directed the Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) to once again provide assistance for a very special holiday traveler on Saturday night as he makes his annual rounds through the Badger State.
FORT McCOY, Wis. - Three members of the Green Bay Packers scored motivational points with cadets at the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy during a recent visit.
The Challenge Academy reshapes the lives of at-risk 16- to 18-year-olds. It uses a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets’ academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline. The Green Bay Packers have had players meet with cadets for several years, both at the Fort McCoy campus as well as at Lambeau Field.
Gov. Scott Walker and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar send holiday greetings to the Wisconsin National Guard and all service members
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs unveiled Wisconsin’s new State Emergency Operations Center and Joint Operations Center in a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony held in Madison, Wisconsin, today.
One hundred and sixteen cadets from 40 counties will graduate from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy in a noon ceremony Saturday, December 17th at Mauston High School.
The Challenge Academy reshapes the lives of at-risk 16- to 18-year-olds. It uses a structured, military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to build cadets’ academic abilities, character, self-confidence, and personal discipline.
One hundred years ago Wisconsin National Guard troops were closing out their role defending the nation’s southern border during the Mexican Border Crisis of 1916. Their work set the state for their entry into World War I - and the beginning of the 32nd Infantry Division’s rich history.
As members of the Army National Guard, you are ever-vigilant and dedicate immense time to keeping our country secure and our communities safe. Mora than 10,000 Army National Guard Soldiers are mobilized and away from their families during this holiday season.
MADISON, Wisconsin — The United States Air Force announced today that the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field was selected as one of five candidate bases for further evaluation to receive the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II. The Air Force used an objective selection process to identify candidate bases and will ultimately select two Air National Guard bases for the F-35A.
On a cool rainy, overcast day in September, Staff Sgt. Nakoa Akin Moonblood — formerly Staff Sgt. Roby Luckett — finds himself immersed in a vibrant bounty of artwork in the Circle of Art tent at the Indian Summer Festival at the Henry Maier Festival Park on the Milwaukee lakefront. As one of the featured Native American artists, he has more than a dozen paintings on exhibition. While this might make some people nervous, Moonblood is not. He has a quiet confidence that perfectly matches his stoic exterior. He sold every single one of his paintings, which most definitely gives him something to be confident about.
MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. - The Wisconsin National Guard’s Service Member Support Division once again lent a few helping hands toward continuing a new holiday tradition - decorating the Tribute to Our Troops tree at the Executive Residence.
The tradition dates back to 2005, a year when many Wisconsin military families lost loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jessica Doyle, the wife of then-governor Jim Doyle, urged him to “do something special.” Gov. Scott Walker continued the tradition when he took office in 2011.
MADISON, Wis. — “The eagle has landed.”
VOLK FIELD, Wis. — Nearly a century ago, 28 able-bodied Ho-Chunk men — known as Winnebago Indians in 1917 — from the area surrounding this National Guard training base volunteered to join the Wisconsin National Guard for the “Great War” in Europe.
Five members of Wisconsin National Guard’s 54th Civil Support Team were driving home after an Oct. 20 mission at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin when a sea of brake lights forced them to stop.
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.
MADISON, Wis. — The theme of Wisconsin’s fourth annual Governor’s Cyber Security Summit was “Securing Tomorrow through Technology," but Gov. Scott Walker simplified it to the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared.
Veterans Day Message from Governor Walker and Major General Dunbar
The 65 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division Multi-Component Unit (DMCU) are nearing the end of their deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
FORT McCOY, Wis. - Six years after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldier Spc. Brandon L. Pszanka was awarded the Purple Heart Medal during an Oct. 16 ceremony.
MILWAUKEE – STARBASE Wisconsin was one of the big winners at the 2016 STEMMY Awards held Oct. 25 during the 13th annual sySTEMnow conference at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
MADISON, Wis. — Airmen of the 115th Fighter Wing attended the wing change of command ceremony in hangar 406 Oct. 1.
The Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) course hosted its largest-ever class last month at the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, featuring 123 service members and civilians.
After two Madison Police officers and a third subject emerged from an abandoned warehouse “suffering” from inexplicable redness and burning sensations during an Oct. 13 training exercise, law enforcement officers knew they would need some additional expertise.
With the impending implementation of the military’s blended retirement system, Wisconsin’s Service Member Support Division is adding full-time personal financial consultants as liaisons to the new system.
Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson, Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army, received the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Distinguished Alumnus Award this weekend in recognition of his service and leadership.
Anderson is a 1986 graduate of UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources, with a bachelor’s degree in Water Resources.
After massive rains and flooding in northern Wisconsin last July, the National Guard responded. For the next two months, Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard troops provided debris removal, road clearance, road safety and damage assessments, and repairs to key infrastructure throughout the region.
Airmen with the Civil Engineer Squadron of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) assisted in building a fish-cleaning station for Camp American Legion Sept. 17-25.
Camp American Legion is located in the lush, northern woods of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin. The camp features activities such as swimming, boating, and hiking with a main objective of providing Wisconsin veterans and their families a place to relax, regenerate, rehabilitate, and reintegrate as a family.
MILWAUKEE - Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, presented the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to Col. Daniel Yenchesky, commander of the 128th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), during a formal ceremony Oct. 2 at Gen. Mitchell Airfield. This award marks the seventh time the 128th ARW has received the Outstanding Unit Award in recognition of distinguished meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015.
PLEASANTON, Calif. — More than 80 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard traveled to Pleasanton, California Sept. 15-19, for an Innovative Readiness Training exercise intended to improve their deployment and readiness capabilities.
MADISON, Wis. — One day before the nation observed the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined fellow Guard members, family members and friends in remembering Sgt. Ryan Jopek, who was killed in action near Tikrit, Iraq on Aug. 2, 2006.
Through the small window in the back-left side of the private plane, they were easy to spot. Two Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons were quickly approaching. The pilots were talking on the radio, trying to get a response.
Wisconsin remembered the Sept. 11 terror attacks 15 years ago with a solemn ceremony early Sunday morning at the state capitol.
Active duty and guard service members and aircraft from across the nation participated in the 2016 Northern Lighting Exercise at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, Aug. 22-Sept. 2.
MILWAUKEE — Celebrating its service of 60 years in the U.S. Air Force, the KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aircraft whose capabilities and effectiveness have withstood the test of time.
In 1957, the U.S. Air Force distributed its first fleet of KC-135s to bases nationwide. On Dec. 7, 1977, the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) was assigned its first KC-135 Model A. During its time at the 128th ARW, the KC-135A has gone through two modification updates — Model E and Model R. During these upgrades, the interior and technology of the aircraft was modernized, yet the structural integrity has remained the same since its production. Because of the KC-135's long-standing history at the 128th ARW, several family generations have worked with the aircraft.
VOLK FIELD - Airmen, state leaders, family and friends attended the change of command ceremony at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, Aug. 13.
After three and one-half years, Col. David W. Romuald relinquished command of Volk Field - which includes the Combat Readiness Training Center, the 128th Air Control Squadron, and the 126th Weather Flight - to his successor, Col. David W. May.
“All right Frank, how are you doing? Is your heart rate down? Are you ready for this?” Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Gear, rappel master, asked Frank Elert, a 15-year-old camper after he landed safely to the ground from a 35-foot rappel tower.
Frank’s job upon landing at the bottom of the rappel tower was to act as the belay ensuring his fellow camper Nolan rappelled safely down the tower at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin during their three-day camp.
ASHLAND, Wis. – Like many residents of northwest Wisconsin, Shawn Sederholm, a chief warrant officer three in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, awoke the morning of July 12 stranded by floodwaters.
Camp Douglas, Wis. -- Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center is scheduled to host aircraft and personnel from multiple National Guard, active duty Air Force and Navy units as part of the annual Northern Lightning combat training exercise Aug. 22- Sept. 2.
SUSSEX, Wis. - A decade later, the pain of loss still stings. It was 10 years ago that the brutal reality of their wartime mission became clear for the 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery. That was when Cpl. Stephen Castner was killed by a roadside bomb near Tallil, Iraq on his very first convoy escort mission.
Sunday, new Soldiers in that unit who did not experience that harsh lesson joined others who did for a ceremony commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Castner’s death by naming their Sussex armory drill hall in Castner’s honor
When the All Guard International Combat Team went to England’s Army Training Centre Pirbright to compete for — and win — the historic Fortuna Trophy in late June, it had some help from the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Recovery and repair efforts continue in northwest Wisconsin with the assistance of more than 70 members of the Wisconsin National Guard who have been called to state active duty to assist local agencies in areas that were affected by major flooding and damaging winds last month.
The adjutant general called more than 75 Wisconsin National Guard members to state active duty this week to assist townships in northwest Wisconsin affected by major flooding and damaging winds last month.
In one way or another, the United States has had a presence in the Persian Gulf region for the past 26 years. And so has the Wisconsin National Guard.
More than 80 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers deployed to Poland in May and June with the 732nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion’s (CSSB) headquarters company to support Exercise Anakonda 16, a large-scale training event to integrate Polish national forces into an allied, joint multinational environment.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 426th Regional Training Institute (RTI) is now home to a course designed specifically for Soldiers from the Army’s active duty component.
Engineers from the Wisconsin National Guard completed road damage assessments in northwest Wisconsin and provided their findings to Wisconsin Emergency Management in the wake of major floods that impacted the region earlier this month.
Approximately 25 Wisconsin National Guard members reported to state active duty today to assist local communities in assessing the extent of the road damage in parts of northwest Wisconsin that were devastated by major floods last week.
Soldiers from a Wisconsin Army National Guard medevac unit answered the call for help in the aftermath of major flooding in northern Wisconsin this week.
Using back-to-back two-week annual training periods, 90 Soldiers with the Wisconsin National Guard's 829th Engineer Company (Vertical) and 824th Concrete Section worked to build a shower facility at Fort McCoy's Improved Tactical Training Base (ITTB) Freedom.
Two recent domestic operations exercises have left the Wisconsin National Guard better prepared to fulfill its role as Wisconsin’s first military responder.
Two great Wisconsin traditions teamed up to give the Soldiers of a Wisconsin Army National Guard unit a memory they will never forget.
The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends. It’s also a good time to remember some safety tips during this holiday weekend.
MAUSTON, Wis. — When they arrived at the Wisconsin National Guard’s Challenge Academy at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin nearly six months ago, cadets from across the state brought with them only a few personal belongings as well as a sense that how they had been navigating their lives was not working.
The 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team welcomed a new commander during a formal change of command ceremony June 17 on the parade field at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Editor’s Note: In 1917, the Wisconsin National Guard transformed into the 32nd Division and made history in the trenches of Europe during World War I. A year earlier, the Wisconsin National Guard gained invaluable experience serving along the Mexican border — the first federal activation since the Spanish-American War — at a time when tensions were high between the two nations. Next year, the Wisconsin National Guard will launch a historical series chronicling the 32nd Division’s formation, training and deployment to Europe.
FORT BLISS, Texas — Senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders paid a visit June 18 to the more than 120 Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Military Police Company as they continue training at Fort Bliss in preparation for their upcoming deployment to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
MADISON, Wis. - They were more than 10 hours into their shift when the call came in. None of them knew the impact they were about to make, or that the events of May 24 would be burned into their memories forever.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard continues to set the standard in the annual Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) awards program.
MOSINEE, Wis. – Wisconsin Army National Guard engineers returned June 8 to Mosinee, Wisconsin, for the second straight summer to continue building a major athletic complex there.
VOLK FIELD, Wis. - The Wisconsin National Guard and the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management (WEM) coordinated and conducted the Miles Paratus Special Focus Event at both Volk Field and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, June 5-9, aiming to fulfill part of its unique dual mission as the first military responder when disaster strikes here at home.
VOLK FIELD, Wis. - A major statewide domestic emergency exercise involving more than 2,500 personnel kicked off at Volk Field, Fort McCoy and other sites around the state this week.
A Wisconsin Army National Guard officer who taught leadership skills to future leaders received the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award this year.
MADISON, Wis. — When he was five, Rafael Conde’s family left communist Cuba for the United States. When he was in high school, a coach told him he would never amount to much in life.
When Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde becomes the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s senior enlisted leader June 1, he will bring with him more than 33 years of service as a traditional Guardsman and the unique perspective of a first generation American.
CAMP PERRY, Ohio — The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year each struggled to place the end of the Regional Best Warrior Competition into perspective.
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker joined Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, and Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch to stress the continued importance of the “If You See Something, Say Something”™ campaign in Wisconsin.
FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team held a change of responsibility ceremony May 15 at the Wisconsin Military Academy at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, formally welcoming new Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Rothbauer.
FORT McCOY, Wis. — The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Medical Detachment hosted its 2016 U. S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD)-focused training weekend in conjunction with civilian first responders for Wisconsin Army National Guard medics across the state, May 7-8.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard inducted two retired Soldiers into its Hall of Honor Sunday (May 15), during a ceremony in Witmer Hall at Joint Force Headquarters, Madison, Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined family and friends in a sendoff ceremony Monday (May 17) for more than 120 members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Military Police Company, which will deploy to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo to support detainee operations as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
The Wisconsin National Guard stands ready to aid the state in the event its services are needed to fight wildfires this spring and summer.
Approximately 120 Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Military Police Company will deploy to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this spring to conduct detention operations as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
A Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldier became one of the first to receive the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal after an April 18 ceremony in Iraq with Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Wisconsin Army National Guard Sgt. Curtis Bluel, a liaison officer with Detachment 1, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division Multi-Component Unit (DMCU), became just the second U.S. Army Soldier to be awarded the medal, after a fellow DMCU Soldier became the first in the same ceremony.
What was supposed to be a routine visit to Hardwood Range near Volk Field, Wisconsin for two members of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team quickly became a more urgent situation.
In conjunction with the Wisconsin National Guard’s annual celebration of the Month of the Military Child, the organization announced the return of its annual Youth Camp in July 2016 after a one-year hiatus.
Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, will play host to this year’s camp, which runs July 29-31. Registration for youth camp opens April 15, as does the call for volunteers to work at the camp.
FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Thirteen Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers competed in the 2016 Best Warrior Competition here April 8-10. Five 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 Perry Joint Training Center, Port Clinton, Ohio, in May.
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has honored the first director of STARBASE Wisconsin with a state meritorious service medal.
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin National Guard is partnering with the National Guard Bureau to observe the 12th annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Eliminate sexual assault: Know your part. Do your part.”
MADISON, Wis. — Brig. Gen. Joane Mathews made history April 4 when she became the Army National Guard’s first female Native American general officer.
“I am so lucky and so blessed to be here, and it is all because of my family,” Mathews explained during a formal ceremony in the Senate Chamber of the state capitol building. “My biological family, and my military family.”
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Army National Guard Col. Joane Mathews will make history Monday when Gov. Scott Walker, commander-in-chief of the Wisconsin National Guard, promotes her to brigadier general — making her the first female general in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. — The 115th Fighter Wing Airmen and active-duty Airmen from the 378th Fighter Squadron stationed at Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin, participated in an air-to-ground combat competition held at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, Feb. 19-26.
When it comes to doing business as the state’s first military responder or America’s primary combat reserve, the Wisconsin National Guard is always striving to improve. Being recognized for those improvements through the Army Community of Excellence Awards Program is a bonus.
Gov. Scott Walker has called the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty ahead of a strong winter storm that could bring more than 12 inches of snow, freezing rain and winds up to 30 miles per hour through Central Wisconsin, from River Falls to the Green Bay Area.
Walker declared a state of emergency Wednesday (Mar. 23), which authorized Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin adjutant general, to activate the National Guard.
To give families a chance to test their emergency plans, a statewide tornado drill will be held the evening of April 14. The drill is part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
APPLETON, Wis. — The efforts of a Wisconsin National Guard chemical company in response to an avian flu outbreak last year was the focus of a general session at the 49th annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security March 9-10.
From patrolling Super Bowls, presidential inaugurations and PGA Championship tournaments to assisting local authorities respond to a ricin manufacturing lab at an Oshkosh, Wisconsin home, the Wisconsin National Guard’s 54th Civil Support Team has demonstrated its homeland security value over the past 10 years.
Senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders travelled to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Feb. 25 to visit approximately 65 Wisconsin Soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with the 101st Airborne Division.
The Phillip A. Connelly Awards program is a win-win venture for food service sections and the Army National Guard as a whole, whether competing units win or not.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard has a new tool in its arsenal to combat nuclear, biological and chemical threats that pose a hazard to the American people here at home as well as friendly forces on the battlefield around the globe.
The commander-in-chief of the Wisconsin National Guard and other senior Guard leaders paid tribute to a group of Soldiers that recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East during a Feb. 12 Freedom Salute ceremony in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
A delegation of senior officers from the Nicaraguan military visited with senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders and toured the state’s military facilities Feb. 8-11.
Military equipment requires regular maintenance to remain in good working order.
As it turns out, the same holds true for military families — and several times each year, the Wisconsin National Guard offers free workshops for its Soldiers and Airmen to fine-tune their relationships with spouses, children and significant others.
Airmen, Soldiers and families packed the drill floor of Joint Force Headquarters for a Wisconsin Air National Guard state command chief change of authority ceremony, Feb. 6 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Registration is underway for the 49th Annual Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security. The conference will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton March 9-10, 2016. In addition, pre-training classes will be held March 8.
Six Airmen, representing the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s three bases, have been recognized as Wisconsin’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing is hard at work fueling — or, in this case, refueling — the nation’s war effort in the skies over the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
Four members of the Wisconsin National Guard — two Soldiers, two Airmen — served as an honor guard for the 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin Jan. 18.
FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 426th Regional Training Institute at Fort McCoy continues to lead the way in the Army’s field artillery community.
The RTI hosted the Army’s first-ever course for the new 13J military occupation specialty Jan. 3-23, which merged the fire direction and control occupations of both cannons (13D) and rocket systems (13P) into one integrated MOS.
More than 1,400 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in nine different units were activated for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 — the first presidential call-up of reserve component troops in more than two decades.
MADISON, Wis. – A draft environmental assessment for a proposed modification to the Volk Field Special Activity Airspace (VFSAA) near the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, will be available for public review Jan. 15.
A training noncommissioned officer with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, received the Thomas E. Wortham IV Award for outstanding service to the Wisconsin National Guard and the community during a ceremony last month at Volk Field, Wisconsin.
Eleven thousand students across Wisconsin will be better prepared for an emergency, thanks to the STEP program.
STEP, or Student Tools for Emergency Planning, is a turnkey classroom curriculum for teachers to prepare 5th graders for various emergencies and disasters, including tornadoes, flooding and storms. The program also shows students how to put together an emergency kit and develop an emergency plan.
Gov. Scott Walker, Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders joined family and friends at a Jan. 4 sendoff ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin, for approximately 65 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers mobilizing for a mission to Iraq and Kuwait as part of a deployment with the 101st Airborne Division.