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National award for Wisconsin Nat'l Guard

MADISON (WKOW)--The Wisconsin Army National Guard's family support program is the best in the nation, according to the Department of Defense.

The program won an award, which was presented Friday, April 16 at the Pentagon.

Leaders from the Wisconsin Army National Guard and 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Family Readiness Group accepted the award.

In a coordinated effort, the 32nd IBCT family program and communities supported 18 family readiness mobilization briefings which spread critical information to nearly 2,800 Soldiers and their families. The FRG also closely worked with the Badger Yellow Ribbon program to raise morale and readiness by hosting 12 events during the 32nd Brigade's 12 month deployment.

The annual awards program which recognizes the top family support programs for each of the seven reserve components was formally established in 2000.

While at the Pentagon, program volunteer leader Janell Kellett learned that she was selected as the winner of the Army National Guard's 2010 Family Member of the Year award. She will formally receive the award during the National Volunteer Conference in New Orleans Aug. 2-4.

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