from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) Wisconsin Army
National Guard returned to Volk Field and demobilized through Fort McCoy
arrived at Volk Field on flights spread out over about two weeks as the
Red Arrow Soldiers returned from duty supporting Operation Iraqi
Jeffrey Unger, right, transition
assistance officer for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans
Affairs, addresses an assembly of 32nd IBCT Soldiers.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
Fort McCoy, these Soldiers, like all demobilizing troops, completed
about five days of out-processing, mostly paperwork to ensure all
financial, pay, training, medical, dental, health and duty records are
as complete and up-to-date as possible.
Readiness Center Officer-in-Charge Capt. Douglas Westbrook said these
“Wisconsin Soldiers still kept to their five-day demobilization
schedule, including an extra “Wisconsin Day,” which was organized by the
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) and coordinated by WDVA
Transition Assistance Officer Jeffrey Unger.
said Wisconsin Day introduced Soldiers to state veterans programs and
benefits that will make a significant impact on the lives of veterans as
they transition from active duty to their home life.
setting the foundation of who, what, when, where and how to access
veterans benefits,” he said.
Legionnaires and auxiliary members from the 53 posts throughout the
American Legion 7th District prepared and served lunch at Wisconsin Day.
According to Mike Wagoner, 7th District commander, businesses donated
food and cash (about $3,000) to support the lunch for the Soldiers.
veterans helping veterans,” Wagoner said. “These 32nd IBCT Soldiers are
our next generation of veterans, and they will continue to serve in the