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EAA Proudly Hosts Returning National Guard Unit

121st Field Artillery back from 10-month deployment

October 23, 2013 - For the fifth time since 2006, EAA facilities played host to a Wisconsin military unit deployed to the Middle East, as the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery unit returned home to a rousing welcome on Friday, October 18.

EAA's Exhibit Hangar C on the AirVenture grounds was the host site to welcome the 78 members of the unit, who were deployed in Afghanistan for the past 10 months.

Bank First National provided funding to support the welcome-home event, which allowed EAA to make the facilities available at no cost to the military unit.

Among the dignitaries at the event were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, as well as numerous leaders of the Wisconsin National Guard. The unit consists of members from throughout Wisconsin and is based in Plymouth, Wisconsin. It completed more than 400 combat missions during deployment to Afghanistan, with individuals earning 14 Bronze Star recommendations.

Along with the October 18 ceremony, EAA has been the host site for departure and welcome-home ceremonies for the National Guard's Oshkosh-based 1157th Transportation Company four times since 2006. Support for local military units is among the many community outreach events in which EAA participates, including financial and facilities commitments for such organizations as United Way, Special Olympics, and others.
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