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    National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    As you all know, the Iowa National Guard is about to leave on a historic, 2800 member deployment to Afghanistan. All units will be departing Iowa within the next month for a duration of one year. For many of the soldiers and their families this will be the most demanding and stressful deployment they have faced.

    While we are enjoying ourselves at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum, they could be stationed miles from base in the 100+ degree heat without running water or electricity. From what I've heard, many may not be able to contact their families for weeks on end.

    Please make an effort to show support for the best this state has to offer by attending a ceremony and lining the streets in your community. It means so much to these men and women and their families to see a community who appreciates the sacrifices they will endure. A community who will miss them greatly and will be waiting for their safe return.

    Thank you to all the active service members and veterans out there. Our freedom will never be taken for granted.

    Here is the schedule of sendoff ceremonies, starting July 18 and ending August 9:

    Sunday, July 18
    Johnston
    185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (approximately 50 Soldiers) 10 a.m., Camp Dodge Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70 th Avenue, Johnston
    Fort Dodge
    Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 60 Soldiers) 3:30 p.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 1659 Nelson Ave., Ft. Dodge
    Friday, July 30
    Algona
    Battery B, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 45 Soldiers)
    11 a.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 1511 N. POW Camp Road, Algona
    Boone
    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (approximately 110 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Des Moines Area Community College (Boone campus), 1125 Hancock Dr., Boone
    Eagle Grove
    Detachment 1, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 40 Soldiers)
    11 a.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 216 S. Park Ave, Eagle Grove
    Mt. Pleasant
    832nd Engineer Company (approximately 50 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Mount Pleasant High School, 2104 S. Grand Avenue, Mount Pleasant
    Keokuk
    Detachment 1, 832nd Engineer Company (approximately 55 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Keokuk High School, 2285 Middle Road, Keokuk
    Storm Lake
    Company G, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (approximately 80 Soldiers)
    11 a.m., Storm Lake High School, 621 Tornado Drive, Storm Lake
    Sunday, August 1
    Carroll
    Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (approximately 100 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Carroll High School, 2809 N. Grant Road, Carroll
    Council Bluffs
    - Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry
    - Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (Spencer unit)
    - Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry
    - Detachment 1, Company F, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    10 a.m., Mid-American Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs
    Davenport
    Company A, Brigade Special Troops Battalion (approximately 75 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Modern Woodmen Park (River Bandits), 209 S. Gaines Street, Davenport
    Denison
    Company D, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (approximately 50 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Denison High School, Fine Arts Center, 819 N. 16th Street, Denison
    Estherville
    Battery A, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 80 Soldiers)
    11 a.m., Estherville Armory, 1704 3rd Avenue South, Estherville
    Johnston
    - Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry
    - Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry
    - Detachment 1, Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (Newton unit)
    10 a.m., Camp Dodge Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston
    Red Oak
    Company F, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (approximately 110 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Red Oak High School, 2011 N. 8th Street, Red Oak
    Shenandoah
    - Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry
    - Detachment 2, Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry (Corning unit)
    10 a.m., Shenandoah High School, 1000 Mustang Drive, Shenandoah
    Monday, August 2
    Charles City
    Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry
    8 a.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 2003 Clark Street, Charles City
    Clinton
    Detachment 1, Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry (approximately 35 Soldiers)
    2 p.m., Iowa National Guard Armory, 1200 13th Avenue North, Clinton
    Tuesday, August 3
    Cedar Falls
    - Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry
    - Company E, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    - Detachment 2, Company E, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (Iowa Falls unit)
    10 a.m., UNI Dome, 2501 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls
    Dubuque
    - Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry
    - Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry
    - Detachment 1, Company E, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    10 a.m., Peosta Community Center, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta
    Iowa City
    Company B, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry (approximately 100 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., City High School, 1900 Morningside Drive, Iowa City
    Iowa Falls
    Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry (approximately 75 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Iowa Falls High School, 1903 Taylor Avenue, Iowa Falls
    Oelwein
    Detachment 1, Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry (approximately 40 Soldiers)
    10 a.m., Oelwein Middle School, 300 12th Avenue SE, Oelwein
    Thursday, August 5
    Johnston
    - Troop A, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry
    - Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry
    10 a.m., Ankeny High School, 1302 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny
    LeMars
    Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry (approximately 80 Soldiers)
    9 a.m., Le Mars High School, 921 3rd Avenue SW, Le Mars
    Sioux City
    - Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry
    - Company D, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    10:30 a.m., Sioux City East High School, 5011 Mayhew Drive, Sioux City
    Friday, August 6
    Marshalltown
    Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion
    10 a.m., Marshalltown Community College, 3700 S. Center St, Marshalltown
    Saturday, August 7
    Cedar Rapids
    - Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion
    - Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion
    - Company C, Brigade Special Troops Battalion
    10 a.m., US Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
    Sunday, August 8
    Cedar Rapids
    - Detachment 1, Company A, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    - Detachment 2, Company A, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (Oelwein unit)
    - Company B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    2 p.m., US Cellular Center, 370 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
    Monday, August 9
    Des Moines
    - 334th Brigade Support Battalion
    - Detachment 1, Company C, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (Corning unit)10 a.m., Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 703 3rd Street, Des Moines

    Links:
    IowaPolitics.com: Iowa National Guard: Community sendoff ceremonies planned for Iowa National Guard soldiers
    Send off ceremonies set for 2,800 National Guard soldiers - KWWL.com - News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa |

    If anyone is aware of additional ceremonies or any edits to the above, please post.



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    *checks list*

    Whew! I thought I was....wait! HHC 1/168th?! I'm getting deployed?!! Oh crap.

    I kid. Thank you for putting that list together. Are you in the 2BCT?



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    I was just thinking about this beause a good buddy of mine (sniper) will be shipping out around Aug. 2.



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    Stewo and j4state, I assume you both have served/are currently serving?

    If so, thank you. And thanks to everyone on here who has served, I think it is the most honorable thing someone can do.



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    Wish I could attend, but I'm stuck in Texas.

    I've got a great friend / college roommate that is getting deployed.

    Thank you to all who are serving.



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    Does that leave any National Guard troops in Iowa? That list is huge.

    For all who are deploying be safe and GET SOME! Wish I was young enough to be there with you. It seems really odd to be "one who went before" now rather than one trying to uphold that tradition.

    To those who know or live near someone deploying - help out the family anyway you can. Mow for them, scoop snow for them, babysit for a mom who is now a single mom etc. Help out, help out, help out.

    I have my 14 year old mowing and babysitting for our neighbor who is deployed to Kosovo as a platoon sergeant and he is starting to understand the why.


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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    My nephew is an Army Ranger and will be deployed to Afghanistan in August. Mountain Division. Serious, intense, high risk what he does. Was "Mr. Basketball" his senior yr. in H.S in his home state & 4.0 gpa. Full ride to college in BB but was bored and entered Army program that would pay for law school after committment. In basic, scored #1 in accuracy on range and was sent to Iraq as machingunner sitting on top of Hummer. Told my brother if the kid was so smart couldn't he have missed the target a few times? Anyway, he is now career Army and is very happy. We are all very proud of him and understand what the military does for all of us. Only the best serve!



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    *checks list*

    Whew! I thought I was....wait! HHC 1/168th?! I'm getting deployed?!! Oh crap.

    I kid. Thank you for putting that list together. Are you in the 2BCT?
    I was a member of A Btry 1/194 FA. About 80% of the guys I deployed with two years ago are going again. So much for the four or five year rule.

    Of course they are taking it in stride as honorable soldiers would, but the burden of three or four 12-18 month deployments in an eight year period will undoubtedly take its toll.

    Keep these men and women in your thoughts and prayers daily, as well as the families they leave behind.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    Does that leave any National Guard troops in Iowa? That list is huge.

    For all who are deploying be safe and GET SOME! Wish I was young enough to be there with you. It seems really odd to be "one who went before" now rather than one trying to uphold that tradition.

    To those who know or live near someone deploying - help out the family anyway you can. Mow for them, scoop snow for them, babysit for a mom who is now a single mom etc. Help out, help out, help out.

    I have my 14 year old mowing and babysitting for our neighbor who is deployed to Kosovo as a platoon sergeant and he is starting to understand the why.
    A little under half of the Iowa Army National Guard will be in Afghanistan for this deployment. Definitely enough. The preliminary numbers were closer to 3,500 so maybe someone finally stepped in a said "maybe we're going a little overboard here".

    Great advice, cyeah. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help a single parent or child on the home front, you are making a positive impact on the success of the mission.

    Maybe because of you a family will feel a little less overwhelmed and in turn decrease the chance of common negative residuals such as transition issues, divorce or even PTSD. At the very least you can take some pride in helping a family in a time of great need.



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    Re: National Guard Sendoff Ceremonies Scheduled

    Quote Originally Posted by j4state View Post
    A little under half of the Iowa Army National Guard will be in Afghanistan for this deployment. Definitely enough. The preliminary numbers were closer to 3,500 so maybe someone finally stepped in a said "maybe we're going a little overboard here".
    Was just about to address that question. I think the Iowa Guard is close to 8,000 strong, but only 6500 or 7000 are deployable. Meaning, not in basic training or advanced training, and not on any sort of medical profile where they are currently unable to perform duties.



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    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    Stewo and j4state, I assume you both have served/are currently serving?

    If so, thank you. And thanks to everyone on here who has served, I think it is the most honorable thing someone can do.
    I am currently. This will be my second deployment, both times to Afghanistan. The last time I went, I was barely 20 years old, single and still lived at home and this time I'm 27 and married (not living at home ). Thank you for the kind words. We do it because we love what we do. That's the great thing about having a 100% volunteer military.

    As a side note, the numbers (of Soldiers) have dropped quite a bit. We're now somewhere between 2,600 and 2,700 as another company was just dropped off. We are attaching a field artillery company out of Nebraska as well. Speaking from a 1/168th perspective, it's going to be a great mission. Everyone is pumped up and ready to get boots on ground.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    I am currently. This will be my second deployment, both times to Afghanistan. The last time I went, I was barely 20 years old, single and still lived at home and this time I'm 27 and married (not living at home ). Thank you for the kind words. We do it because we love what we do. That's the great thing about having a 100% volunteer military.

    As a side note, the numbers (of Soldiers) have dropped quite a bit. We're now somewhere between 2,600 and 2,700 as another company was just dropped off. We are attaching a field artillery company out of Nebraska as well. Speaking from a 1/168th perspective, it's going to be a great mission. Everyone is pumped up and ready to get boots on ground.
    Outstanding. Thank you for continuing to serve.

    You will have to keep us updated throughout the training phase and once you get settled on the other side of the globe.

    Hopefully they will let you go home for a couple weeks so you can get some much needed R and R. Maybe even a chance to swing through Ames to watch Coach Hoiberg and the boys!



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    Good luck everyone! I've had several friends deployed over the past few years, and it really puts things into perspective when you know people who are deployed, both in terms of your friendship, and the job being done. I can't imagine what it would it be like for a significant other, or what it would be like to be deployed. Hopefully everyone takes care of themselves over there, and comes back in one piece.

    We all appreciate the hard work and personal sacrifice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by j4state View Post
    Outstanding. Thank you for continuing to serve.

    You will have to keep us updated throughout the training phase and once you get settled on the other side of the globe.

    Hopefully they will let you go home for a couple weeks so you can get some much needed R and R. Maybe even a chance to swing through Ames to watch Coach Hoiberg and the boys!
    That would awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Good luck everyone! I've had several friends deployed over the past few years, and it really puts things into perspective when you know people who are deployed, both in terms of your friendship, and the job being done. I can't imagine what it would it be like for a significant other, or what it would be like to be deployed. Hopefully everyone takes care of themselves over there, and comes back in one piece.

    We all appreciate the hard work and personal sacrifice.
    I do it for you Al....



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