Community sendoff ceremonies for approximately 115 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers mobilized in support of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom will be held on Thursday, September 22 at four Iowa communities.
Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
About 20 Storm Lake soldiers are being called to duty for the next year.
The sendoff for those soldiers will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Storm Lake High School, 621 Tornado Drive. Selected soldiers from the units based in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Algona, Red Oak, Perry, Sheldon and Cedar Rapids will be represented at this event, as well as the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (Sioux City), 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry.
Other sendoffs are being held today in Waterloo, Davenport and Camp Dodge, Johnston.
Waterloo (approximately 30 Soldiers)
10 a.m. at the Iowa National Guard armory, 3106 Airport Boulevard, Waterloo. Selected Soldiers from the following units will be honored at the ceremony: Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Waterloo), 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry; 1133rd Transportation Company (Mason City); 1168th Transportation Company (Red Oak and Perry); 2168th Transportation Company (Sheldon and Cedar Rapids); 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (Boone); Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Davenport) and Company B (Davenport), 334th Forward Support Battalion; and Troop F (Waterloo), 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry.
Davenport (approximately 25 Soldiers)
10 a.m. at the Brady Street Stadium (across the street from the Iowa National Guard armory), 3603 Brady Street, Davenport. Selected Soldiers from the following units will be honored at the ceremony: Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Davenport) and Company B (Davenport), 334th Forward Support Battalion; Detachment 1, 2133rd Transportation Company (Muscatine); and 834th Engineer Company (Davenport).
Camp Dodge (Johnston) (approximately 40 Soldiers)
1 p.m. at the 734th Maintenance armory, directly adjacent to the NW 70th Avenue gate, 7105 N.W. 70th Avenue, Johnston. Selected Soldiers from the following units will be honored at the ceremony: 1034th Quartermaster Company (Camp Dodge); 1st Battalion, 109th Aviation (Boone); 1133rd Transportation Company (Mason City); 1168th Transportation Company (Red Oak and Perry); 2133rd Transportation Company (Centerville and Muscatine); 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (Boone); 3654th Maintenance Company (Chariton, Oskaloosa, and Knoxville); 3657th Maintenance Company (Camp Dodge); 734th Maintenance Battalion (Camp Dodge); 185th Rear Operations Center (Camp Dodge); 186th Military Police Company (Camp Dodge); Company B (Davenport), 334th Forward Support Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Council Bluffs), 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry; and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (Newton), 554th Quartermaster Battalion.
The Department of Defense and the National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., have announced that the Iowa Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry based at Waterloo, Iowa, has been ordered to federal active duty. This mobilization is part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.
A total of approximately 600 Soldiers have been mobilized from 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry and other Iowa Army National Guard units for this mission. Previously, approximately 25 Soldiers were sent off from the Iowa National Guard armory in Waterloo. After the September 22 sendoffs, the remaining 460 Soldiers will depart from sendoff ceremonies at various Iowa locations in early October (dates and times of those ceremonies will be provided at a later date). Departing Soldiers will report immediately to their mobilization station at Fort Stewart, Ga. for additional training and preparation before departing for the Central Command ("CENTCOM") theater of operations in the Persian Gulf.
These Iowa Soldiers are ordered to active duty for 20 months. The DOD mobilization policy directs mobilized National Guard and Reserve members to remain in the CENTCOM theater of operations for a minimum of 12 months. DOD anticipates they will serve on active duty for approximately 18 months, which will include mobilization and demobilization processing in addition to a minimum of 12 months in theater.
For questions concerning this release as well as additional information about the operations, training, and activities of the Iowa Army and Air National Guard, please contact Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 252-4582 (office), (515) 971-6385 (cell), or (515) 986-5725 (home).