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 February 12, 2010

MOBILIZATION

32nd IBCT Soldiers have 'Wisconsin Day' during demobilization

Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) Wisconsin Army National Guard returned to Volk Field and demobilized through Fort McCoy in January.

The 32nd arrived at Volk Field on flights spread out over about two weeks as the Red Arrow Soldiers returned from duty supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

PHOTO:Jeffrey Unger, right, transition assistance officer for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, addresses an assembly of 32nd IBCT Soldiers.  Photo by Tom Michele
Jeffrey Unger, right, transition assistance officer for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, addresses an assembly of 32nd IBCT Soldiers. (Photo by Tom Michele)

While at 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.

Soldier 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.

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.

“We are 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.

“It’s veterans helping veterans,” Wagoner said. “These 32nd IBCT Soldiers are our next generation of veterans, and they will continue to serve in the same way.

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