Bravo Battery earns well-deserved honor

JUST A FEW MONTHS after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, the Plymouth-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery of the Wisconsin National Guard earned a high honor – the 2013 Alexander Hamilton Award.

The award recognizes the year’s outstanding National Guard field artillery battery from all across the country for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence.

It marks just another milestone for this group of part-time soldiers who call Plymouth their home.

When it was sent to Afghanistan in 2013, Bravo became the first National Guard High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) unit to be deployed into an active combat zone. Previously, only full-time Army HIMARS field artillery units had seen combat duty.

That Bravo was even selected for this deployment was just another measure of their outstanding service and professionalism.

The training plan they developed to prepare for the deployment will be used as a model by other National Guard HIMARS field artillery units in the future.

Their performance in the field earned Bravo the respect and trust of the Special Operations Task Force they were supporting in Afghanistan.

The Army has recognized Bravo as being among the best of the best, but we who are their neighbors, family and friends have know that about them for a long, long time.

The soldiers of Bravo Battery are not full-time soldiers. They work and live among us, holding down jobs and contributing in many other ways to

Plymouth, Sheboygan County and Wisconsin.

Soldiering is what they do on their weekends and other spare time, until and unless they are called to soldiering full-time because their country needs them.

But even as part-time soldiers, the skills and abilities they utilize while in uniform are the same skills and abilities they put to use in making where we live a better and more productive place.

In their jobs, in their homes, in their families, in their everyday lives, the members of Bravo Battery contribute significantly to the quality of life we all enjoy.

“The selection of Bravo Battery for the Alexander Hamilton award is just another indication of the quality and caliber (of) this unit,” Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson, assistant adjutant general of the Army in Wisconsin and commander of the 7,800 soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, said of the unit.

We couldn’t agree more, and we’re proud to count the Bravo Barracudas as our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our family.

At issue:
Bravo’s Hamilton award
Bottom line:
Congratulations, Barracudas


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