IOWA NATIONAL GUARD UNITS ACTIVATED TO SUPPORT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Posted January 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

The National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., has requested approximately 120 Soldiers and

Airmen from the Iowa National Guard to assist federal, state, and local agencies with support

missions for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013.

The Iowa National Guard has activated the following personnel: approximately 100 Soldiers from

Mason City’s 1133rd Transportation Company, Iowa Army National Guard; approximately 10

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, Sioux City; and

approximately 10 personnel total from the 135th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 185th Combat

Sustainment Support Battalion, and Joint Forces Headquarters, all based in Johnston, and the 71st

Civil Support Team, located at the Des Moines Airbase. It is anticipated these Soldiers and Airmen

will serve in support of the inauguration for approximately eight days, which includes personnel

readiness processing and travel.

Duties will include transportation, attendee management, event ingress/egress, and support of

military personnel. Additional information will become available as this mission develops.

A total of approximately 6,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 25 states and territories

will supplement security, communications, medical evacuation and other support during the

presidential inauguration period. Military involvement in the Presidential Inauguration dates back to

April 30, 1789, when members of the U.S. Army, National Guard, and Revolutionary War veterans

escorted George Washington to his first inauguration ceremony.

For questions concerning the operations, training, and activities of the Iowa Army and Air National

Guard, please contact Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, at (515) 252-

4582 (office), (515) 971-6385 or by email at gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil . You may also

contact Master Sgt. Duff E. McFadden at (515) 252-4666 (office), (515) 480-7647 (cell), or by e-

mail at duff.e.mcfadden.mil@mail.mil (note new email addresses).

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