Area Nat’l Guard Soldiers Heading To Afghanistan

Nearly 400 soldiers from the First Battalion, 128th Infantry will mobilize this summer before deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.  The Eau Claire-headquartered infantry battalion and its subordinate companies, which are all part of the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will deploy as a security element for coalition forces operating in the region.  Soldiers from each company that make up the First Battalion, 128th Infantry, including Company A in Menomonie, Company B headquartered in New Richmond with a detachment in Rice Lake, Company C headquartered in Arcadia with a detachment in Onalaska, Company D in River Falls, and the battalion headquarters in Eau Claire with a headquarters detachment in Abbotsford will all deploy as part of the mission.  The send-off date has not yet been announced.