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150 Wisconsin National Guards return home from year-long deployment to Middle East

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 18:00:34-04

WISCONSIN — About 150 members of the Wisconsin National Guard have returned home after a nearly one-year-long deployment to the Middle East.

Soldiers with the 829th Engineer Company, based in Spooner and Ashland, returned to Wisconsin Sept. 24.

The company deployed in October of 2019 and served at 21 bases across seven counties, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Their mission at those bases was to improve existing facilities, complete construction projects, and deconstruct facilities no longer needed, the Guard said Friday.

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Capt. Joseph Tadisch, commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 829th Engineer Company, leads his company off the plane at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., Sept. 24. The approximately 150-Soldier unit spent nearly a year supporting an Indiana National Guard engineer battalion in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Once they arrived in theater, the unit’s Soldiers took on assignments across 21 bases ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq, to Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait where they were either improving facilities or completing construction projects. Wisconsin National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Robert Lemmons

Capt. Joseph Tadisch, 829th Engineer Company commander, thanked his troops for their service.

“Everyone’s positive attitude and dedication helped make this experience great,” Tadisch said. “If we look back at all the things we accomplished and endured, we should be proud. We’ve always left the foxhole better than we received it, and I thank you for that.”

Gov. Tony Evers said the following in a video message to the soldiers.

“We are grateful for folks like you who answer the call time and time again to go overseas and support our nation’s affairs,” Evers said. “You’ve accomplished much, represented Wisconsin well, and conducted yourselves with honor and professionalism during this unique and challenging mission.”

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