Double duty: Wisconsin National Guard members complete degrees while mobilized for COVID-19

MADISON — More than 1,200 members of the Wisconsin National Guard are serving in support of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are doing so in addition to working to complete their degrees.Soldiers and Airmen working long days supporting the state's response to COVID-19 also are resigned to staying up long into the night or working weekends to get homework, tests and assignments complete.

Gov. Evers: Wisconsin National Guard ends response to protests in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Governor Tony Evers Tuesday, June 9 announced that the Wisconsin National Guard "has concluded its mission to preserve public safety and protect the rights of protesters and the media as peaceful demonstrations occurred around Wisconsin following the murder of George Floyd."A news release from the governor's office said in coordination with local leaders, nearly 1,500 troops mobilized over the last week in response to requests for Wisconsin National Guard assistance.Approximately 125 troops originally mobilized to state active duty the evening of May 30 in Milwaukee "when civil authorities in Milwaukee requested the guard's assistance," the release said.

Man faces federal charge, accused of pointing laser at FBI, National Guard choppers during protests

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man is facing a federal charge after prosecutors say he pointed a laser pointer at FBI and Wisconsin National Guard helicopters on multiple occasions as the aicraft flew over Milwaukee to monitor protests in the wake of the officer-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Jeremiah Belen faces one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft filed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for alleged actions that occurred between May 31 and June 7 in Milwaukee.According to an affidavit, the first incident occurred on May 31 as FBI agents flew over Milwaukee and observed a green laser targeting their aircraft from the ground in the area bordered by North Avenue, Burleigh Street, N. 10th Street and N. 14th Street in Milwaukee.It happened again late on June 3/early on June 4 from the area near 1st Street and Chambers Street in Milwaukee, and the affidavit said the agents were able to capture the origin of the laser -- a home at 3001 N. 1st Street.It happened again on the evening of June 4, the affidavit said, from the area near 76th Street and Center Street, where protests were taking place.The agents reported the laser would hit the wing of their aircraft, or worse, the windshield -- illuminating the cockpit.