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Plymouth-based WI National Guard unit heads to Afghanistan

Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers
Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers

PLYMOUTH, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin National Guard unit is on its way to Afghanistan.

The First Battalion’s Battery “B” of the 121st Field Artillery unit has completed six weeks of training at Fort Bliss Texas – and about 80 troops from Plymouth will now spend nine months in Afghanistan.

The unit is nicknamed the “Bravo Battery.” It runs a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a self-contained vehicle that fires rockets and missiles.

Karen Degner heads a support group of soldiers’ family members. She said a number of families visited Fort Bliss during the holidays – and the group will plan to get together several times during the unit’s deployment.

Army Brigadier General Mark Anderson tells the Sheboygan Press that the unit has done a “fantastic job” so far – which is not surprising, since some troops very experienced in the Middle East.

About a dozen of the unit’s members are making their third trips overseas since Operation Enduring Freedom began.