Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs
Press Release

Wisconsin National Guard mobilized to support civil authorities in Wauwatosa


By - Oct 7th, 2020 01:23 pm

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support local law enforcement authorities in Wauwatosa after officials there requested the Guard’s assistance to help ensure public safety.

Local authorities requested Wisconsin National Guard assistance and troops mobilized this week to state active duty in advance of an anticipated charging decision in the case of an officer-involved shooting in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin that occurred Feb. 2 and resulted in the death of Alvin Cole.

“One of our core missions in the Wisconsin National Guard is to serve our fellow citizens and preserve public safety,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general. “Our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen live and work in the same communities all across Wisconsin, and we’re well-trained and prepared to assist our neighbors in any way we can.”

For operational security reasons, the Wisconsin National Guard will not confirm specific troop numbers as it relates to this mission, however, pursuant to Section 321.39(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the governor ordered into state active duty members of the Wisconsin National Guard deemed necessary to support to local law enforcement and first responders in Wauwatosa.

Guard members called to active duty will be used to support local law enforcement efforts to preserve public safety, protect critical infrastructure, and cultural institutions necessary for the well-being of the community, and to provide support to first responders such as the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs

New Commander Installed at Volk Field

Col. Matthew Eakins, a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, said he was humbled and honored for the opportunity to be Volk Field’s 13th commander.

Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs

Gov. Evers Honors Wisconsin National Guard’s Role in COVID-19 Response

The work of the Wisconsin National Guard in this pandemic saved thousands of lives,” said Evers.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us