More than 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard remain on duty in Polk, Barron, and Langlade Counties assisting civil authorities in the aftermath of intense storms that cut a swath of destruction across northern Wisconsin July 20-21. Soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, 724th Engineer Battalion and the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing and 128th Air Refueling Wing are all part of the ongoing response in which National Guard Servicemembers are assessing the storm’s damage and assisting with debris cleanup along roadways. Three separate task forces – one for each county – are operating with approximately 30 Soldiers or Airmen each. The task forces consist of assessment teams, chainsaw teams, and debris clearance teams with assets to haul debris or chip it in place. Critical in the short term is their objective of clearing heavy debris from the public right-of-way so emergency vehicles and residents can safely navigate the roads. According to 2nd Lt. Isaac Geffers, the executive officer of the Wausau-based Headquarters Company for the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion and the officer in charge of the Barron County Task Force, his team of nearly 30 Soldiers and Airmen are clearing an average of approximately 60 10-ton dump loads of debris per day, in addition to running a wood chipper nearly nonstop.