Iowa National Guard Deployment
February 7, 2020
The United States Army announced Thursday that Iowa Army National Guard ‘Ironman Battalion’ received orders for a deployment to the Mideast.The Iron Battalion will deploy 550 soldiers from Dubuque, Charles City, Davenport, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Oelwein, and Waterloo. The mission involves security and force protection in 27 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Captain Tindall of the 133rd Infantry Regiment, says about 100 soldiers from Dubuque will be going. Before heading overseas the Guard will first get training in Texas at Fort Bliss. Sgt. Cain from the 133rd based in Dubuque, says they are working on send-off ceremonies, which will happen sometime towards the end of May. Once the mission is defined the deployment, which is expected to last around a year, will be in 1 or 2 countries. This is the fifth mobilization order for the Iron Battalion since 2000.