A soldier from the 2-127th pulls security July 15 during a training exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich. The unit received orders for a deployment to Afghanistan this winter.
A soldier from the 2-127th pulls security July 15 during a training exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich. The unit received orders for a deployment to Afghanistan this winter.

   Ripon’s troops are headed back to the Middle East.

   For the third time in the past 13 years, members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard unit based in Ripon will be deployed starting this winter.
Deployment is expected to last one year.

   All told, nearly 400 Wisconsin guard soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry will deploy to Afghanistan this winter in support of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

   It’s not clear how many of those soldiers live in the Ripon area.

   Joining about 80 soldiers from Company A in Ripon and Waupun will be soldiers from Company B in Green Bay, Company C from Fond du Lac, Company D from Marinette, and soldiers from the Appleton and Clintonville-based headquarters.

   “Their job is going to be providing security for coalition forces operating in the region,” said Capt. Joe Trovato, public affairs officer for the Wisconsin National Guard.

Read the full story in the Sept. 27, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.