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Wisconsin Army National Guard

The state mission of the Wisconsin Army National Guard is to provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law. Its federal mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, which are available for prompt mobilization during war, national emergency or as otherwise needed.

Six Wisconsin Army National Guard units including aviators, engineers and transporters were designated Force Support Package units, making them likely to deploy early in future contingency operations. More than 200 soldiers trained hard while aiding Central American nations struck by the late-season hurricanes of 1998. The 147th Command Aviation Battalion sent four UH-6 Blackhawk helicopters and more than 140 personnel to Guatemala, where they supported Operation New Horizons '99. Thirty members of other Badger State units deployed to support the 147th. Meanwhile, 34 members of the 32nd MP Company and ten medics from the 132nd Forward Support Battalion supported hurricane relief in the Dominican Republic as part of Joint Task Force Caribbean Castle.

The 1st Battalion, 126th Field Artillery fielded the high-tech M-109A6 Paladin 155mm self-propelled howitzer, with its automated ammo tender, the Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle. Wisconsin's protection from terrorists moved up a notch when the 54th Military Support Detachment stood up on June 1, 1999. The new 22-member unit will respond rapidly to aid in consequence management when there is an incident involving chemical or biological weapons.

The 32nd Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) is, with 3,900 soldiers, Wisconsin's largest Army National Guard unit. The 32nd Infantry Brigade was a mechanized unit assigned as part of the Minnesota-based 34th Infantry Division. It started transitioning to become a separate light infantry brigade in September 2002.

Changing the brigade's shape to fit the profile of a light brigade will also mean significant benefits for the unit and for the state, including more than $6 million a year in additional federal funds to operate units and provide training and logistics support. This should also translate into an increase in the number of physical assets, such as trucks and scoop loaders, which become available to the state in an emergency.

The 37 communities affected by restationings associated with the 32nd Infantry Brigade's conversion are listed alphabetically below. "(-)" in a unit's designation indicates the main location of a split unit which has one or more detachments located elsewhere. Communities with brigade units are not listed if they are not affected.

  • Abbotsford, now home to Detachment 1, Battery A, 120th Field Artillery, will instead become the location of Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Antigo will see Company B, 1st Battalion, 632nd Armor replaced by Detachment 1, Troop E, 105th Cavalry.
  • Appleton's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will convert from a mechanized to a light infantry headquarters.
  • Arcadia's Company D, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, will be redesignated Company C (-), 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry and converted from mechanized to light infantry.
  • Baraboo: Company C (-), 173rd Engineer Battalion will be replaced by Company C (-), 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • Camp Douglas, already home to several Army and Air Guard organizations, will add the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 32nd Infantry Brigade (Light).
  • Clintonville's Battery B, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will convert from 155 mm self-propelled to 105 mm towed howitzers.
  • Eau Claire: Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, will convert from mechanized to light infantry; and Company B, 173rd Engineer Battalion will be replaced by Detachment 1, Company A, 132nd Support Battalion, a forward area support team designed to provide transportation support nearby units of the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Elkhorn will see Detachment 1, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 126th Field Artillery, replaced by Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • Fond du Lac's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will be converted from mechanized to light infantry.
  • Fort Atkinson's Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will be converted from mechanized to light infantry and will be redesignated Company A, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Green Bay's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will be converted from mechanized to light infantry.
  • Hartford: Company D (-), 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will be converted from mechanized to light infantry and redesignated Company B (-), 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Janesville: Company A, 132nd Forward Support Battalion, will be redesignated Company A (-), 132nd Support Battalion, and will include a forward assistance support team designed to provide transportation support the nearby 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Madison will lose the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 32nd Infantry Brigade (Mechanized); the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 132nd Forward Support Battalion; and Detachment 2, Company B, 132nd Forward Support Battalion. However, Madison will also gain the new Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light); Detachment 1, Headquarters Company (Brigade Material Management Office), 132nd Support Battalion; and the new 232nd Military Intelligence Company.
  • Marinette will see Company C, 1st Battalion, 632nd Armor, replaced by Company D, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry (Light) - an anti-armor unit using TOW missiles mounted on HMMWVs.
  • Marshfield's Battery A (-), 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will be converted from 155 mm self-propelled to 105 mm towed howitzers and redesignated Battery A, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery. The 13th Medical and Dental Detachment, which also has a presence in Marshfield, is not part of the 32nd Brigade and will not be affected.
  • Mauston's Detachment 1, Company B, 132nd Forward Support Battalion, will be redesignated Company B (-), 132nd Support Battalion.
  • Menomonie's Company A, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, will convert from mechanized to light infantry.
  • Merrill will see Company A, 1st Battalion, 632nd Armor replaced by Troop E (-), 105th Cavalry.
  • Milwaukee's Company C (Medical), 132nd Forward Support Battalion, will increase by 43 positions as the battalion converts from a divisional unit to a support battalion in the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade.
  • Mosinee will have Company D, 1st Battalion, 632nd Armor, replaced by Detachment 1, Headquarters Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery.
  • Neillsville will see the Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, replaced by Detachment 1, Company C, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • New Richmond's Company B, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, will be converted from mechanized to light infantry and redesignated Company B (-), 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Oconomowoc will see the Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, replaced by Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • Onalaska: Three units of the 173rd Engineer Battalion - the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Company A, and the Support Platoon - will be replaced by the new 32nd Engineer Company and Detachment 1, Company B, 132nd Support Battalion.
  • Portage will have Company B (-) (Maintenance), 132nd Forward Support Battalion, replaced by the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 132nd Support Battalion.
  • Reedsburg will see Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry (Mechanized), replaced by Detachment 1, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • Rice Lake's Company C, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry (Mechanized), will be redesignated Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry (Light).
  • Ripon will have Detachment 1, Company C, 173rd Engineer Battalion, replaced by Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry (Light).
  • River Falls' Company E, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, will maintain its present anti-armor mission when it converts from mechanized to light infantry and is redesignated Company D, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Stevens Point's Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will convert from 155 mm self-propelled to 105 mm towed howitzers.
  • Watertown's Company E, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry will maintain its present anti-armor mission when it converts from mechanized to light infantry and is redesignated Company D, 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry.
  • Waupaca: Detachment 1, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will be replaced by Detachment 2, Company A, 132nd Support Battalion, a forward area support team designed to provide transportation support the nearby 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry.
  • Waupun's Detachment 1, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, will convert from mechanized to light infantry and be redesignated Company A (-), 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry.
  • Wausau: The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 632nd Armor, will be replaced by Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 32nd Infantry Brigade (Light).
  • Wisconsin Rapids' Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (-), 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will be redesignated Headquarters Service Battery (-), 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery.



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