Getting Ready to Deploy

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More than 600 members of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade of the Wisconsin National Guard are being mobilized and are to report for duty June 6.

Activated over the weekend for training and deployment overseas were soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, which is based in Appleton and has companies in Ripon, Waupun, Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Marinette.

Plans call for the troops to spend several days at their armories after they report before shipping out to a mobilization station in New Jersey. Alert notices went to another 1,500 Army National Guard soldiers in five other units in Wisconsin to begin preparing for possible activation.

If called up, they would be on active duty for about 18 months, which could include as much as a year overseas.

Those units include:

  • Headquarters Company, 32nd Infantry Brigade, based in Camp Williams and Wausau.
  • 132nd Support Battalion, from Portage, Madison, Janesville, Eau Claire, Waupaca, Mauston, Onalaska and Milwaukee.
  • Troop E, 105th Cavalry, from Merrill and Antigo.
  • 32nd Engineer Co., from Onalaska.
  • 1st Battalion, 126th Field Artillery, from Kenosha, Whitewater, Oak Creek, Racine and Burlington.

One of the unit's five batteries, Battery B from Oak Creek, is in Iraq after being mobilized last September.