Wisconsin Soldiers Including Troops From Western Wisconsin Head For Iraq

Hundreds of additional soldiers from Wisconsin are headed for active duty this week.

About 450 members of the National Guard's 120th Field Artillery depart Fort McCoy where they'll begin their journey toward an 18-month deployment to the Middle East.

The reservists are from Marshfield, Mosinee, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

Governor Doyle traveled to Camp Shelby in Mississippi Tuesday where 620 soldiers from the Wisconsin guard's Second Battalion, 127th Infantry attended a send-off ceremony. The battalion includes soldiers from Appleton, Waupun, Ripon, Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Marinette.

Soldiers from the 32nd Engineer Company of Onalaska and 105th Calvary from Merrill and Antigo are also being deployed as part of the 127th Infantry.

The 127th is trained to fight on the front lines, but for this deployment, they've been retrained to do convoy security. They'll work mostly in Iraq, but will be based in Kuwait.

Specialist Brian Adelmeyer says he's ready to go. Adelmeyer says he's going over with a bunch of guys he'd trust his life with.