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.
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.”