Berlin armory to reopen as part of Guard reorganization

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MADISON – The Wisconsin Army National Guard plans to reopen an armory in Berlin while closing two others elsewhere in the state as part of an Army-directed reorganization and consolidation of units.

A detachment of the headquarters battery of the 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery, will move to the reopened Berlin armory, the Guard says. The headquarters battery is located in Wisconsin Rapids.

Meanwhile, E Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered in Waupaca with a detachment in Appleton, will consolidate its detachment and headquarters in Waupaca.

Armories in Richland Center and Burlington will close, while armories in Merrill and Baraboo will lose the units that occupy the buildings, but will stay open for soldiers participating in the Recruitment Sustainment Program.

The Guard plans to start the reorganization later this year and finish it by the end of 2015.

Here is the full list of planned changes:

  • The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion will transform into the newly created 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion. The battalion, which currently maintains its headquarters in Wausau and a headquarters detachment in Merrill, will consolidate in Wausau. The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s reorganization also includes the addition of a new artillery battery and a downsizing of the 132nd Brigade Support Battalion.
  • The 951st Engineer Company, which is currently part of the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, will be reorganized under the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team as Company A of the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion. The unit will remain headquartered in Tomahawk and maintain a detachment in Rhinelander.
  • Meanwhile what is currently known as Company C of the 32nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, will be renamed Company C of the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion. The unit will move from Antigo to Camp Douglas. What is now Company A of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Onalaska, will be renamed Company B of the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion. The current B Company of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, which is headquartered in Madison with a detachment in Camp Douglas, will be renamed D Company of the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion.
  • Changes to the 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery will result in a detachment of the headquarters battery locating at the Berlin armory and the creation of Battery C, which will be located in the Oconomowoc armory.
  • The 32nd Military Police Company, which is currently headquartered in Milwaukee with a detachment in Oconomowoc, will consolidate in Milwaukee.
  • The 829th Engineer Company, which is currently headquartered in Chippewa Falls with detachment armories in Richland Center and Ashland, will undergo changes as well. Detachment 1, currently located in Richland Center, and the company headquarters, currently located in Chippewa Falls, will consolidate and move to Spooner. Meanwhile, the detachment in Ashland will be renamed Detachment 1 of the 829th Engineer Company.
  • The 824th Engineer Company also will move its operations from Richland Center to Spooner.
  • The 950th Engineer Company, which is currently headquartered in Superior with a detachment in Spooner, will consolidate its operations in Superior.
  • The 457th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company currently maintains its headquarters in Hartford and a detachment in Burlington. The Burlington detachment will be consolidated into the Hartford headquarters as the number of authorized personnel in the company decreases over the course of the next two years.
  • Company D, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, in Baraboo and its Madison-based detachment will consolidate in Madison.
  • What is currently known as E Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, which is headquartered in Waupaca with a detachment in Appleton, will be redesignated as G Company. The unit will consolidate its detachment and headquarters in Waupaca.
  • What is currently known as Detachment 1 of Company G, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion in Wisconsin Rapids, will be consolidated with the rest of the company in Mosinee and redesignated as F Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion.
  • Detachment 1 of Company F, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion in Eau Claire, will be consolidated with the rest of the company in Neillsville and redesignated as H Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion.
  • The 132nd Brigade Support Battalion will stand up a new forward support company – E Company, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion – as the result of the reorganization. That unit will be headquartered in Antigo.
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