One week after returning from a nearly year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Andrea Ackerman is set to walk across UW-Green Bay’s graduation stage. “You know the mission always comes first, so you’re trying to balance that with homework,” said Ackerman, a first lieutenant with the 2nd battalion, 127th Infantry. Ackerman, who is from De Pere, was halfway through her master’s program when she found out she was being deployed for her second time with the Wisconsin National Guard. “If Andrea and others are willing to go halfway across the world into harm’s way and serve our country, the least we can do is find ways to serve them,” said Tim Kaufman, Ackerman’s professor and the chair of UW-Green Bay’s graduate studies program. See more via De Pere soldier earns master’s degree while serving past year in Afghanistan | WLUK.