National Guard soldiers during the curfew in Wauwatosa during 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)
The Wisconsin National Guard is sending more than 20 soldiers to Fort Meade in Maryland, in a deployment that will likely last a year. Coming from the Guard’s Detachment 1 of the 176 Cyber Protection Team, the soldiers will mark this as their unit’s first deployment.
The Cyber Protection Unit was first formed in 2015, according to a press release issued by the Guard. “The unit’s deployment comes amidst a historic period of the Wisconsin National Guard as the organization continues the largest sustained domestic mobilization in its history and an active year of overseas deployments,” it reads. This deployment will be in support of the U.S. Cyber Command and Cyber National Mission Force requirements.
Several other units continue to mobilize statewide. While some are tasked with COVID-related operations, such as providing mass testing and helping to run a COVID overflow facility at the State Fair Park, others have responded to instances of civil unrest statewide. The Guard recently concluded its mission in Wauwatosa during protests of a police shooting in the Milwaukee suburb.
“Thousands of troops have assisted civil authorities in preserving public safety amidst multiple instances of civil unrest,” the press release states, “over the course of the spring, summer, and fall in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay.”
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