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Brig. Gen. David May, Adjutant General for Air, Wisconsin National Guard, passes the wing guidon to Col. Charles Merkel as he takes command of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, here at Milwaukee Mitchell Airfield, Feb. 3, 2024. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures the unit and its Airmen are never without official leadership, a continuation of trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cynthia Yang)

New commander takes charge of Wisconsin Air Guard refueling wing

Col. Charles Merkel assumes command of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing from Col. Adria Zuccaro...
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We live and work in almost every Wisconsin community. We are small business owners, teachers, nurses, electricians, plumbers, college students, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and more. We simultaneously stand ready to serve whenever our state or nation calls.
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Unique amongst the Armed Forces – the National Guard has a dual mission of serving Wisconsin and the nation. The National Guard is both the state’s first military responder during times of need and the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force.
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Whether responding to a flood, snowstorm, severe weather, or a pandemic here in own Wisconsin communities, or deploying to combat theaters overseas, your Wisconsin National Guard is unique among the Armed Forces in serving both the state and nation.
Always ready. Always there.
The Wisconsin National Guard provides fully capable Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen prepared to deploy anywhere, at any time, to support community, state and federal missions. Our federal mission is to provide trained units, Soldiers and Airmen to support our nation’s defense priorities both in the United States and around the world as directed by the President of the United States of America. Our community and state mission is to assist civil authorities protect life and property, as well as preserve peace, order and public safety during emergencies, as directed by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin.

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