The first group of what is anticipated to be more than two thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers activated for federal duty have been notified.
Iowa National Guard spokesman, Colonel Mike Wunn, says this group has a long history of service.
The soldiers come from armories in Charles City, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Oelwein and Waterloo.
Their area of operation involves 27 countries — including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Wunn says they’ll have a couple of specific duties.
The battalion is currently working to schedule send-off ceremonies for the end of May. Wunn says they will have an event this week to meet with organizations that will support the soldiers and their families while they are deployed.
The soldiers will leave in May for Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete final training and readiness checks before deploying overseas.
Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Ben Correll announced last month that the deployment of more than two-thousand soldiers would be coming.
This is the fifth federal mobilization for the Ironman Battalion since 2000, including a nearly 22-month mobilization in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that lasted from September 2005 through August 2007. The battalion’s most recent deployment was to Afghanistan in 2010.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa