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National Guard engineering unit deploys to Middle East

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers and senior Wisconsin Army National Guard leaders joined family and friends Thursday morning to send off a Wisconsin Army National Guard engineer detachment deploying to the Middle East.

The Milwaukee-headquartered 924th Engineer Facilities Detachment will deploy to the Middle East with approximately 15 Soldiers to provide Department of Public Works base facilities management for a base in Kuwait.

The 924th Engineer Facilities Detachment traces its roots to 1967 when it was organized as the 264th Armor Group in Eau Claire, according to a news release.

The unit converted into the 264th Engineering Group in 1972 and later moved to Chippewa Falls. The 264th deployed from December 2003 to February 2005 to Iraq where it organized the construction of U.S. military facilities.

The unit was converted to the 924th Engineer Facilities Detachment in 2008 and was recently restationed at Milwaukee's historic Richards Street Armory.

The Wisconsin National Guard continues to maintain a high operations tempo with hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen deployed overseas.

Approximately 400 Red Arrow Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry remain overseas in Afghanistan along with approximately 150 Soldiers from the 829th Engineer Company who mobilized for deployment to the Middle East last fall and another 160 Red Arrow Soldiers who deployed to Ukraine in September where they are overseeing a group of multinational “partner and advise training teams” — or PATTs — based at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in western Ukraine.

The 1967th Contingency Contract Team also mobilized in January for deployment to the Horn of Africa.

Meanwhile, Nearly 250 Airmen from the 115th Fighter Wing returned from Afghanistan in November 2019, and more than 350 Soldiers from the Milwaukee-based 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery returned from their deployment to the Middle East and Afghanistan in May.

Another 25 Soldiers from the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s Military Engagement Team returned from their Middle East deployment in February 2019, and a team of Soldiers from the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment also returned in February from its mission to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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