MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Four Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers will soon begin demobilization after providing specialized cultural support in Afghanistan.
The four female soldiers are graduates of an inaugural Cultural Support Training Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. They were trained to help Army Rangers and Special Forces Teams interact with Afghan citizens, particularly women and children -- something that locally is deemed to be culturally inappropriate.
The military says 240 women signed up for the program, but only 59 were selected for training. The Wisconsin soldiers are 1st Lt. April Nelson of Viroqua, Master Sgt. Karen Dumke of Waupun, Sgt. Sonia Buchanan of Cottage Grove and Sgt. Kristen Elegeert of De Pere. Nelson, Dumke and Elegeert begin demobilization at Fort Bragg Monday. Buchanan will demobilize after she speaks at a Special Operations Command seminar in Florida.