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WI National Guard soldiers spend Easter weekend with families ahead of deployment


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - About 130 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers are spending the Easter weekend with their families, before they take off for Afghanistan.

Members of the 1157th Transportation Company, based in Oshkosh, have been training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi since mid-February.

Commander Chris Menden said the training ended last Sunday – and the troops are on a week’s leave with their families before returning on Monday for final medical evaluations.

The group will spend 9 months in Afghanistan providing security for convoys. It’s the unit’s 5th mission since 1990, and the first in about six years.

While at Camp Shelby, the group received a surprise visit from former Packers’ quarterback Brett Favre and his wife Deanna, who live close by at Hattiesburg Mississippi. They signed autographs and posed for pictures with the soldiers.