The final of 35 Troopers from a Wisconsin Military Nationwide Guard aviation detachment returned safely to U.S. soil early this week after an 11-month mobilization to the Center East.
The rest of the West Bend, Wisconsin-based Detachment 1, Firm G, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation returned to Fort Hood, Texas, the place the Troopers will full demobilization necessities over the approaching days earlier than returning residence to Wisconsin. Roughly half of the unit beforehand returned to Wisconsin in late April, whereas others have returned to the state in small teams over the previous week. The Troopers that lately landed in Texas will make their manner again to Wisconsin within the coming days.
The unit mobilized with roughly 35 Troopers in July 2020 for deployment throughout the Center East in assist of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Protect. The unit served in quite a lot of places throughout the theater of operations conducting medevac missions.
The troops returned amidst a historic interval in Wisconsin Nationwide Guard historical past.
The 176th Cyber Safety Crew stays mobilized to Fort Meade, Maryland in assist of U.S. Cyber Command and Cyber Nationwide Mission Pressure necessities, and roughly 60 Troopers with the Waukesha, Wisconsin-based one hundred and thirty fifth Medical Firm mobilized in late March for deployment to Kuwait and Iraq.
In the meantime, roughly 600 Wisconsin Nationwide Guard troops proceed serving in direct assist of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the course of the pandemic, greater than 1,700 Citizen Troopers and Airmen mobilized sooner or later for the COVID response, which started March 12, 2020. The COVID mobilization represents the biggest sustained home mobilization in Wisconsin Nationwide Guard historical past, which dates to 1837.
Greater than 4,000 troops mobilized to assist 4 separate state elections the place they served as ballot employees when the pandemic resulted in a scarcity of conventional ballot employees, and greater than 5,000 troops mobilized to assist protect public security in Wisconsin cities on a number of events in Milwaukee, Madison, Inexperienced Bay, Kenosha, Racine, and Wauwatosa.
One other 550 mobilized to assist safety efforts on the presidential inauguration in January, and others deployed to California to help efforts to battle wildfires there final fall.
The Wisconsin Nationwide Guard additionally welcomed residence a whole lot of different troops from abroad deployments over the previous 12 months, together with 400 Troopers from the first Battalion, 128th Infantry that accomplished a deployment to Afghanistan, 160 Troopers from the thirty second “Crimson Arrow” Infantry Brigade Fight Crew that deployed to Ukraine, the 1967th Contracting Crew, which deployed to Djibouti, the 924th Engineer Services Detachment, which deployed to Kuwait, and roughly 150 Troopers from the 829th Engineer Firm that returned final fall from a deployment that spanned a number of international locations throughout the Center East and Southwest Asia.