Brig. Gen. Mark E. Anderson, Wisconsin's deputy adjutant general for Army, Chief Warrant Officer 5 William D. Krueck, the state's command chief warrant officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s senior enlisted advisor, welcome back Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Volk Field Air National Guard Base as they return following a deployment to support hurricane relief operations, Sept. 16, 2017. On Sept. 8, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order, which authorized the adjutant general to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty, as necessary. The 32nd IBCT and select other Wisconsin National Guard units were called to state active duty to assist Florida. 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment photo by Spc. Jared Saathoff/Released.The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. 3781928. Public domain.

Wisconsin Rapids Mark E. Anderson Reflects on Iraq

Maj. Gen. Mark Anderson, Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army, addresses Soldiers during a welcome-home ceremony Jan. 25, 2018, for approximately 75 Wisconsin members of the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation returning to Madison, Wis., after a nine-month Middle East deployment. The unit provided UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter airlift assets and

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Sergeant Major Corcoran appears on the right. Major General Craig C. Crenshaw, commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command, stands in between Maj. Christopher M. Siekman, commanding officer of Recruiting Station Baton Rouge, and Sgt. Maj. Shawn Corcoran, sergeant major of Recruiting Station Baton Rouge, as they pose for a photo during the Bayou Classic Welcome Reception Nov. 25, 2016, at the West Bunker Club in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. 3015184. Public domain.

Iraq by Way of Stoughton: A Marine’s story

Shawn C. Corcoran grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, the child of a United States military family. Corcoran returned to the United States to finish his high school education in Stoughton, Wisconsin. In 1990, following his graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in Madison, Wisconsin. Initially posted to Camp Pendleton,

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Wisconsin Was There: Desert Storm Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Persian Gulf War, Part II

After over a month of the air campaign, with a final ultimatum for Iraqi forces to evacuate Kuwait expired, the ground campaign began. In Saudi Arabia, along the border with Iraq and Kuwait, the coalition forces rolled forward along the over 330 mile front.  Helen Gurkow of the 13th Evac Hospital, remembered the opening phase of

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Like Angels in the Sky: A Combat Medic’s Story

  As I stepped off the plane into the dark Kuwaiti desert a wave of hot moist air hit me. I was in the Middle East, all of those months of endless training had led me to this. For the next three weeks we sat in Kuwait and tried to

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Out of the Ordinary by Russ Horton

There are still service members who, for a variety of reasons, write the occasional letter with pen and paper. Sometimes, they even choose to write letters because they have something out of the ordinary on which to write. Andrew Brady, a Poynette native who served with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines

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Jeff Carnes: Veteran in the Spotlight

As a military linguist, Jeff Carnes provided a critical link between American troops, foreign forces, and the local population, establishing trust in treacherous times. Fluent in Arabic, Carnes connected intimately with the local people during his tour in Iraq in 2003. He recalls a conversation with an Iraqi civilian named

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