MADISON, Wis. — The Red Arrow patch worn today by the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a symbol memorialized throughout Wisconsin in parks and as the name of State Highway 32.
As families gather ‘round the fireside to sing carols and share holiday cheer this year, hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard are spending their holidays standing watch around the globe, away from their own families, ensuring peace here at home.
MADISON, Wis. — The National Guard celebrates its 382nd birthday today as a vibrant and unique organization of Citizen-Soldiers who shoulder dual missions as the combat reserve to the U.S. Army and Air Force and as the first military responder at home in times of local and state emergency.
“This is a day of celebration.”Those were among the first words Maj. Gen. William Haan, commander of the 32nd Division, wrote to his wife Margaret the evening of Nov. 11, 1918, hours after the armistice ending “the war to end all wars” took effect.
A small-town Wisconsin banker emerged as an unlikely hero in the largest battle in American history. But 100 years ago this fall, Cpl. Jerry J. Jerabek, a Wisconsin National Guardsman from Algoma, did just that during the Meuse-Argonne campaign — the final battle of World War I.
FERE-EN-TARDENOIS, France — National Guard Soldiers from across the country traveled to Europe recently for the U.S. Army’s World War I centennial commemoration staff ride to learn their unit history, as well as the origin of the National Guard as the U.S. Army’s primary combat reserve.
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