MADISON - About 125 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard will head to the southern border in the fall as part of a federal mission ordered by President Joe Biden.
Soldiers from the 229th Engineer Company out of Prairie du Chien and Richland Center will assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection with non-law enforcement activities for about a year as part of a "short-notice federal mobilization," according to a news release from the Guard.
The National Guard said Wisconsin is one of 23 states that are continuing the federal mission along the southwest border into next year.
"Providing support to the Department of Defense as a reserve of the United States Army and Air Force is one of our core missions," Maj. Gen Paul Knapp said in the release. "The outstanding professionalism and preparedness of our troops enables the Wisconsin National Guard to rapidly respond for any mission, and I’m tremendously proud of their dedication."