There are 160 soldiers currently serving in Iraq with Bravo Company 1-194 Combined Arms Battalion. The soldiers were deployed to Iraq last November, arriving in Kuwait first before flying into Baghdad for operations in early December. They were reassigned to the al-Anbar province in early January to provide police transition teams. They trained the Iraqi police throughout al-Anbar province. They moved to Camp Bucca in the later part of June to assume detention operations to help with the influx of detainees.
Capt. John Wisniewski, 37, Ramsey, revealed just how hot it is in Iraq. The thermometer maxed out at 140. He said the high temperature has been hovering in the mid-130s for the past few weeks.
The soldiers were scheduled to return in November but have been replaced early and expect to be back at Fort McCoy, Wis., later this month for reintegration training. They expect to be back in Minnesota by early October. Company commander Capt. John Wisniewski said his company is made up of soldiers from all across the state with most of the soldiers from the 1-194 BN headquartered out of Brainerd, 2-194 BN headquartered out of Duluth and 2-136 BN headquartered out of Moorhead. The company belongs to the 1-194 and is stationed in East St. Paul.
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