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Local members of the Wisconsin National Guard reports success in African mission

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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 1967th Contingency Contracting Team is serving at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, providing contracting support services to U.S. forces in the region, and is currently responsible for 74 contracts worth more than $10 million. Pictured are, left to right: Capt. James Hedman, Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Clements, Capt. Gary Brown, Sgt. Brookelyn Nelson and Master Sgt. Zachary Tevis. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Murakami

(WXOW) - Members of the Wisconsin National Guard 1967th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT) are serving as part of a joint task force in Africa, providing contracting support to U.S. forces.

Master Sgt. Zachary Tevis of Onalaska, a non commissioned officer with the 1697th CCT, says that the mission has been nothing short of success. His team has been deployed to the Horn of Africa since January, where they contract support and supplies for different locations in their task force that otherwise wouldn't be available. “The team hit the ground running and efficiently contracts for mission requirements with a moment’s notice.”

“This matters because without contracting support for supplies and services that cannot be obtained through the supply chain, each location would not be able to function properly,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Clements of Holmen.

Capt. Gary Brown, acquisition team leader from Thorp, Wisconsin, says that his team has worked with people in the area to provide meal services, construction, and supplies. They've also helped the Djibouti government with its response to COVID-19. Sgt. Brookelyn Nelson of Superior, Wisconsin, says that the unit has been great at adapting to each new challenge that's been thrown at them.

The team has been working with the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines during their deployment.

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