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Two Wisconsin Guard units get orders for duty in Afghanistan

Wisconsin Army National Guard units based in Sussex and Chippewa Falls will deploy to Afghanistan in this spring, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Sussex, Wis.-based Battery A of the 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery Regiment and the 829th Engineer Company, headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wis., deploy on separate missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 829th Engineer Company has detachments in Ashland and Richland Center.

Battery A’s mission will be to provide artillery fire support for coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. They will become the second Wisconsin Army National Guard artillery battery to conduct a combat fire missions in Afghanistan. About 80 soldiers will deploy with the high mobility artillery rocket system unit.

The 829th will deploy more than 160 soldiers to southern Afghanistan to conduct a deconstruction and material reclamation mission. The unit will be responsible for tearing down forward operating bases and reclaiming materials and equipment accumulated by coalition forces throughout the war.

Battery A previously deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. The 829th deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2009.

Both units conduct pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and are part of the Milwaukee-based 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

The Wisconsin National Guard is planning sendoff ceremonies the units and will announce that information as each unit’s deployment draws near.