Wisconsin National Guard brigade may be deployed next fall
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Sgt. First Class Gregg Peckham of Evansville arrived at Volk Field with other members of Beloit's 1158th Transportation Company in this 2010 photo. They returned home after an eight month deployment in Iraq with the the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team--the last time Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade was deployed. The 32nd Brigade has just been notified about a potential deployment, possibly as early as next fall. File photo.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat team was notified about a potential deployment, possibly as early as the fall of 2013, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.
The brigade's 3,200 soldiers were notified this past weekend during a regularly scheduled drill.
Among the brigade units--which come from all over Wisconsin--are Elkhorn's Company A (Detachment 1), 132nd Brigade Support Battalion and Whitewater's 257th Brigade Support Battalion.
The release did not indicate how many soldiers would be involved in the deployment or where they would be heading. Current Department of Defense policy calls for a 12-month mobilization, including nine months overseas.
A notification of sourcing gives a unit advance warning that it may be deployed, allowing for additional time and federal funding for training.
The 32nd Brigade last deployed in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brigade performed multiple missions at numerous locations in Iraq, including base security and detainee operations.