Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oshkosh Guard units switches gears, heads for Afghan war

From the Wisconsin National Guard:
The Oshkosh-based 1157th Transportation Company of the Wisconsin Army National Guard has completed its mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., and is eager to hit the road - even if that road is somewhere in Afghanistan, where the unit arrived early this morning (April 17).
"They're more than ready," 1st Sgt. Tom Krueck said last week at Camp Shelby. "They're excited - they want to get out of here and do what they're supposed to be doing."
Initially tasked with transportation and base security missions in Kuwait, the unit was reassigned to conduct convoy security missions in Afghanistan. The change in mission also meant a change in vehicles and tactics from what the unit typically trains for.
Read the Wisconsin National Guard press release

Photo: Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 1157th Transportation Company practice first aid and combat lifesaver skills in realistic conditions March 5 at Camp Shelby, Miss. The 1157th has completed its mobilization training and will conduct convoy escort missions in Afghanistan. 1157th Transportation Company photo