An update has been announced for events leading up to the deploymen t of the approximately 150 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 829th Engineer Company are deploying to the Middle East this fall.

Headquartered in Spooner with a detachment in Ashland, the 829th will mobilize to U.S. Central Command as a versatile construction element in support of an engineer battalion from Indiana.

An open house will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Spooner Armory as an opportunity to visit with the soldiers. Donuts, juice, and coffee will be provided.

A community open house previously scheduled for Friday afternoon will be limited to the Ashland and Spooner area soldiers and their families.

A Deployment Ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spooner High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. The community is invited, and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Anyone wishing to donate to the refreshements on Thursday and Saturday can contact Washburn County Veterans Service Officer Lisa Powers 715.635.4470 or

A send-off parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, from the Spooner Armory. They will head west on Hwy. 70 and turn north on Hwy. 63, and head north out of town on Hwy. 63. This is the opportunity for the community to support the deploying soldiers with flag, banners, and signs standing on the street sides.

Anyone wishing to assist with crafting signs can contact Powers.

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