Sunday, April 15, 2012
WISCONSIN NATIONAL GUARDS HELP FARMERS IN KUMAR PROVINCE AFGHANISTAN
Col. Darrel Feucht, commander of the Wisconsin National Guard's 82nd Agribusiness Development Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Millard unfurl their unit's guidon during a transfer of authority ceremony Tuesday (April 10) at Camp Wright in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. The 82nd ADT has taken over the mission of providing agriculture and agribusiness support to the region from the 1-14th ADT of the Illinois National Guard. 82nd ADT photo by 2nd Lt. Stephen Montgomery
Wisconsin Guard unit begins agribusiness mission in Afghanistan
April 11, 2012
By 2nd Lt. Stephen Montgomery
82nd Agribusiness Development Team
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Wisconsin National Guard's 82nd Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) has taken over the mission of helping Afghan farmers in Kunar Province after a transfer of authority ceremony Tuesday (April 10) at Camp Wright.
Col. Fred Allen, commander of the Illinois National Guard's 1-14th ADT, encased his unit's guidon in a canvas sleeve, symbolizing the end of his unit's mission in Afghanistan and handing that mission over to Col. Darrel Feucht, commander of the 82nd ADT.
"It's been a long road to assemble this team, train this team and, now, engage this team," Feucht said. "This team has worked hard with great anticipation for this day."
The 82nd ADT is the Wisconsin National Guard's first agribusiness development team, a National Guard initiative that leverages civilian skills crucial to improving agricultural methods.
"We now stand ready to perform our motto - to grow, to guide, to guard," Feucht continued. "To provide guidance to the Afghan farming community and guide each other in this partnership, to grow together as a unified team and grow crops, and to guard each other from those that do not see our goals in common."
The Wisconsin National Guard learned it would gain an agribusiness development team mission in 2010, and the unit trained for 12 months before reporting for active duty in February and completing mobilization training at Camp Atterbury, Ind.