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UPDATE: 11 Wisconsin National Guard members return from Afghanistan


MADISON (WKOW) -- About a dozen members of a Wisconsin National Guard unit are back home.

The 97th Agribusiness Development Team spent four months in Afghanistan, where it helped the Afghan people prepare for the withdrawal of Allied troops.

The National Guard says members were originally supposed to spend a year in Afghanistan but their mission changed almost as soon as they arrived.

The group also taught classes on agricultural techniques.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Eleven members of the 97th Agribusiness Deployment Team in the National Guard are expected to return to Wisconsin on Friday.

Their role in Afghanistan was shortened as part of the overall American withdrawal.  The soldiers and airmen will be welcomed by Gov. Scott Walker during a ceremony in Madison.

Walker plans to issue a proclamation in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

The 97th ADT left Wisconsin four months ago to begin training in Indiana and then headed to Afghanistan to teach Afghani farmers how to farm and herd more effectively.

However, once the team arrived, their mission change toward administrative functions, such as helping farmers coordinate veterinary vaccination schedules.

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