MADISON, WI (WSAU - Army & Air National Guard Press Release) - Almost 90 Wisconsin National Guard members are back on U.S. soil from Afghanistan and Kosovo. More Wisconsin soldiers will be coming home soon.
Around 60-members of the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team and about 30 aviation Soldiers from West Bend, Wis. have arrived at a U.S. base and are expected to return to Wisconsin next week.
The 82nd ADT left Wisconsin February 4th for several weeks of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana., before taking over the agribusiness development mission in Kunar Province Afghanistan followed by a support role for the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar.
Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment and Detachment 1, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, have completed a yearlong mobilization in which they supported the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) medevac mission and staffed the headquarters, lift and maintenance units.
The aviation Soldiers, who left Wisconsin last September 24th, are the first wave of Wisconsin National Guard members to return from Kosovo. The 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade's headquarters company, along with members of the 32nd Military Police Company, are expected to leave Kosovo in about two weeks.
The 82nd ADT members and the aviation Soldiers have already redeployed from overseas and will spend several days at Camp Atterbury to complete demobilization activities before returning to Wisconsin.