Approximately 95 Soldiers from a northern Wisconsin National Guard unit will head to Afghanistan this fall.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard says the 950th Engineer Company, based in Superior, specializes in route clearance and combating threats posed by improvised explosive devices. The 950th also has a detachment in Spooner. The unit will deploy to eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support, where it will work to keep the region's main supply routes clear of improvised explosive devices. The unit will be in Afghanistan during the anticipated transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support. That operation's main objective will be to train, advise and assist Afghan forces after the completion of the 2014 drawdown. The upcoming deployment will be the unit's first to Afghanistan. It deployed previously to Iraq in 2003 and 2010. The Wisconsin National Guard is planning a sendoff ceremony for the unit and will announce that information as the unit's deployment draws near.