Soldiers from several Wisconsin National Guard units got a visit last week in Iraq from their state commander, Brigadier General Mark Anderson. Anderson says he was impressed by the "competence and confidence" the soldiers are exhibiting in their various security missions.
"This is very interesting time for the country of Iraq as they transition into more stability operations," Anderson said of the U.S. military presence there.
Three thousand, two hundred soldiers from the Badger State were called to active duty earlier this year as part of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Anderson served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 and he says there have been major improvements since he was there. He says they had to take a road convoy down a highway that used to be one of the most dangerous in the country and he wasn't concerned this time.
The general wasn't able to visit every unit from Wisconsin because of a series of dust storms.