Monday, February 18, 2013
Spc. Michael Black, of Brookfield, came across a woman pinned in a vehicle while he was on the way to training in New Mexico.
A Brookfield native was one of three Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers credited with saving a woman's life in New Mexico in early January. Spc. Michael Black, a student at UW-Whitewater and a combat medic, is a member of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, based in Plymouth, WI. According to a press release from the Wisconsin National Guard, Black was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. He and two other soldiers were driving to Dona Ana, NM on Jan. 5 to conduct training. According to The Fort Bliss Monitor, the soliders came across a one-car accident during a foggy morning along New Mexico State Highway 213. A man's car had slid off an icy road, hit a guardrail and rolled. When …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The non-agribusiness specialist members of the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team trained for 12 months prior to mobilization in February 2012.
About 35 Wisconsin National Guard members came home from Afghanistan Tuesday evening to a warm welcome in Hartford. The non-agribusiness specialist members of the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team trained for 12 months prior to mobilization in February 2012. More than two-dozen members of the team remain in Afghanistan but home to come home at the end of the year.
The 3,400 members of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin's largest National Guard unit, were told they may be called up again.
Members of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team were told this weekend that they might again be deployed this fall. While their deployment location hasn’t been determined, a 12-month mobilization would likely include nine months overseas. Also, the Department of Defense hasn’t released how many of the 3,400 soldiers will be deployed and the notification doesn’t mean they will definitely deploy, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs. If called up, this would be the second time the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s largest unit in Wisconsin has been deployed. The Brigade’s last deployment was in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the Brigade was notified in 2007 that they were being …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Ceremony honors 150 National Guard soldiers heading to Kosovo.
For many of the 150 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers honored at a send-off ceremony Friday, their deployment to Kosovo won't be their first trip overseas. But that didn't make the emotions at Friday's event at Mitchell Field any different. The excitement about beginning their journey and the sadness of leaving their families behind were all there for the members of the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and 32nd Military Police Company. "It’s bittersweet," said Sgt. Arontaye Butler, who is leaving his two kids, girlfriend and parents behind. "I'm kind of anxious to get it started, but at the same time it's hard to say goodbye. Just trying to stay even keel. "It's more hard for (my family) than it is for me because I've done it a couple …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Jennifer Van Kirk is one of only five national civilians to receive the Patrick Henry Award for her volunteer work for the military.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A Brookfield attorney who has donated pro bono legal services to military members and their families has been honored by the National Guard Association. Jennifer Van Kirk, who lives in Brookfield and is a partner with the Milwaukee law firm Peckerman, Klein and Van Kirk, received the Patrick Henry Award Sunday at the National Guard Assocation of the United States annual convention held in Milwaukee. She was one of five national recipients of the award, which recognizes civilians who provide "outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Guard" or the National Guard Association, according to the association's web site. Van Kirk has volunteered since 2004 for the Wisconsin National Guard Family …