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Col. Todd Nehls of the Wisconsin Army National Guard had just completed a year-long tour of duty for the National Guard Bureau, to be the Wisconsin National Guard’s subject matter expert on terrorism, shortly before the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
A Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldier became one of the first to receive the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal after an April 18 ceremony in Iraq with Defense Secretary Ash Carter.Wisconsin Army National Guard Sgt. Curtis Bluel, a liaison officer with Detachment 1, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division Multi-Component Unit (DMCU), became just the second U.S. Army Soldier to be awarded the medal, after a fellow DMCU Soldier became the first in the same ceremony.