Air National Guard training in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/23/2014
LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk will have a newly refurbished cabin next year.

The 128th Air National Guard is finishing its training at the local camp by building the cabin.

128th Air National Guard is a civil engineering squad of more than 25 men and women based out of Milwaukee.

"We have all different specialties within. We are considered Prime BEEF, which is base emergency engineering force, and that comprises of structures, utilities, electricians," said Chief Master Sergeant of the 128th Harry Wilkinson.

They are finishing their two week training right here in the Northwoods.

"The 128th Air National guard is actually totally refurbishing a cabin that we just purchased here for Camp American Legion," said Camp American Legion director Kevin Moshea.

By redoing the cabin, the new airmen can get good hands-on training.

"It was perfect training because again you have all the different trades working. So, we have a lot of structural work, a lot of electrical work, plumbing," said Wilkinson. "So everybody is getting good hands-on quality training."

Plus, the service members can give back to the veterans who visit the camp.

"For us, with our mission, to be working with a military group such as the 128th, we should be working together. It feels great to do so," said Moshea.

The 128th looks for a project either overseas or in the states when they aren't deployed. A project at Camp American Legion seemed to make sense.

"It was a perfect way of connecting the new airmen and soldiers with the past. You know there are a lot of vets that have been stopping in and talking with the guys," said Wilkinson.

The 128th provides all the labor in return for quality training and two weeks enjoying the Northwoods.

"The guys are going out fishing every night. They take us out fishing on the pontoon. And, it's just a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing color," said Wilkinson.

The 128th plans to have the project and their training finished by Thursday night.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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