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Public Defense

Stephen E. Osborn, Brigadier General

Mission Statement:
The Iowa National Guard provides timely, ready forces in support of domestic and global missions, responsive to the needs of the State and Nation.

Strength in the Iowa National Guard
Economic impact on local communities
Facility modernization
2015-2019 forecasted

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Strength and Readiness.

The Iowa National Guard's federal and state mission performance depends on unit strength and units structured to respond to national emergencies and disasters in the State of Iowa.

Data Source: Dept. of Public Defense, Iowa National Guard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 01/31/2019

STRENGTH IN THE IOWA NATIONAL GUARD

Iowans can be proud of their Iowa National Guard

The Iowa National Guard's organizations have remained trained and ready to perform their federal and state missions, even as 100% of our units have transformed from a strategic reserve to an operational component of the United States defense program since September 11, 2001. The Iowa National Guard has spent the last sixteen years highly-engaged as an operational reserve of the Army and Air Force in the Global War on Terror and Overseas Contingency Operations. More than 19,000 Iowa National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have served on federal active duty supporting worldwide contingency operations since September 11, 2001.

Personnel strength in the Iowa Army and Air National Guard has remained at 100% of authorized strength throughout the mobilizations to support the overseas contingency operations. The process of developing, supporting, and maintaining deployable, combat-ready units has changed from a measurement and goal of a complete, all-ready force to a force generation cycle focused on available-for-mobilization, building readiness and available-for-state active duty, and reset phases. This is accomplished through use of a five year Sustainable Readiness Model (SRM). The retentio rate of the Iowa National Guard ranks as one of the highest in the nation.

The Iowa National Guard had 93% of units fully trained and equipped for support missions and emergency response and nearly 86% qualified and trained personnel with available ssenior grade leadership. The retention of our citizen-soldiers has remained high and has been an important factor in the ability to rank as one of the highest in the nation.

Iowa continues to meet all readiness standards established by the Department of the Army. The Iowa National Guard continues to exceed the standard in maintaining overall strength in the categories of equipment on hand (EOH) and equipment readiness (ER). At the end of FY18 equipment readiness was nearly 97%. This achievement is due to the professionalism of our force.

Iowa's National Guard units represent two percent of the National Guard's total force, while our state provides one percent of the total population of the U.S.  During FY18, nearly one-fourth of Iowa National Guard troops were available for, or were serving on, federal active duty.  During FY18 nearly three-fourths of Iowa units were conducting the training year of five-year force generation cycle which means they possess the required resources to undertake many portions of the wartime mission.  The Iowa National Guard has been able to successfully reintegrate 95% of our forces back into employment after release from active duty.

In addition to its role as an operation ready reserve participating in the federal mission, the Iowa National Guard has participated as a partner in response to State emergencies; patrolling levees, surveying tornado damage, evacuating citizens from flooded neighborhoods and providing highway assistance during times of severe blizzards. These are core missions of the Iowa National Guard and we stand ready to respond when called.  In 2017 (FY18) the Iowa Guard assisted with rescue and recovery missions after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

During 2018 the Iowa Guard also focused on strength readiness, training individual members, preparing combat ready units with realistic and rigorous training, and maintaining our equipment in a ready condition.  Part of this training and readiness focus was the preparation for the 2/34th IBCT Warfighter Exercise, an Air Assault Course, and Pathfinder Course which all ran simultaneously on Camp Dodge in March to April of 2018.  As FY18 came to a close, approximately 405 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen mobilized for combat operations in the Central Command and Company C, 2-211th Medical Evacuation Company (Waterloo).  Soldiers from the 248th Aviation Support Battalion (Waterloo, Davenport, Boone) returned from deployment.  The 186th Military Police Company (Camp Dodge) was deployed to the Detention Facility in Cuba.  Airmen with the 185th Air Refueling Wing were globally deployed throughout the year.  The Iowa National Guard also provided individual augments for selected overseas missions during FY18.

Since 2001, the Iowa National Guard has mobilized, deployed, and returned to Iowa over 126 battalion, company, group, and wing-sized organizations in support of overseas contingency operations in more than 35 countries worldwide. Over 19,000 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have represented Iowa and the United States while conducting full-spectrum operations in the most challenging of regions.

Graph - Strength in the Iowa National Guard

   

Why this is important:
Well-trained units, soldiers, and airmen require much less time to respond to national emergencies and state disasters.  Through investment in the recruitment and retention of quality Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, their advanced skill sets, commitment to the State of Iowa, and their involvement in our local communities, we can greatly enhance Iowa's economy, quality of life, and future.


What we're doing about this:
Our Citizen-Soldiers receive training and education far beyond the technical and combat skills they require to be successful on the modern battlefield. They learn about teamwork, leadership, cooperation, and working with others for the good of the common cause.  Also, the Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program (NGEAP) provides at least 50% educational assistance to qualified Soldiers and Airmen of the Iowa National Guard to obtain an education within our state.  In 2018, NGEAP was funded at $3,100,000 and provided an average of $4,480 of educational assistance to 856 qualified Iowa National Guardsmen and women. The Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program is a key incentive to achieving full strength in units and attracting Iowans to attend Iowa schools and remain in Iowa to work and raise families.

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Highlighted Measure:

Economic Impact

Federal dollars allocated for the State of Iowa are an important by-product of Iowa National Guard strength and readiness. They fund our training programs, operations and construction programs, impacting Iowa's economy.

Data Source: Dept. of Public Defense, Iowa National Guard

 

 

Updated 01/31/2019

IOWA NATIONAL GUARD ECONOMIC IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES

  • Iowa National Guard operations brought $334,300,000 of federal money into the State of Iowa during Fiscal Year 2018. The Iowa Guard's return on investment of the State's $24,500,000 was 13 federal dollars for every one State dollar invested.
  • Soldiers and Airmen of the Iowa National Guard pay millions in state sales, income and property taxes, as well as tax on their Guard wages and salaries, that exceed our state appropriated dollars.



Why this is important:
Strength and readiness relates directly to our federal funding support.  Maintaining superior manpower and strength creates more training and operational requirements, as well as opportunities that attract more federal money to the Iowa National Guard, our Iowa service members, and the State of Iowa. An investment in the recruitment and retention of quality Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will have a direct and very positive impact on Iowa's economy, quality of life and future due to these Iowans' demonstrated commitment to the state and their involvement in our local communities.


What we're doing about this:
Our goal is to bring federal dollars to the State of Iowa that will, in turn, nurture the state's economy. We are clearly committed to maintaining combat-ready units, thereby contributing to Iowa's economic development.

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Highlighted Measure:

Quality Training Facilities

Data Source: Dept. of Public Defense, Iowa National Guard

 

Updated 1/31/2019

FACILITY MODERNIZATION

2019-2023

  • Continue to renovate one Readiness Center rated Mission Quality 3 or 4 annually and to accomplish critical maintenance and sustainment projects at Readiness Center locations across the state.
  • Invest in strategic mission functionality projects at Camp Dodge (CDJMTC Johnston) and other locations in Iowa.
  • Upgrade and/or replace Camp Dodge utilities and infrastructure.
   

Why this is important:
Modern armories and training facilities are essential to attract and maintain quality Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. In return, they contribute immeasurably to their community's overall image and vitality.  Army National Guard construction funding is normally 75 percent federal and 25 percent state. Air National Guard projects are normally funded at 100 percent federal. Our overall program objective is 8:1 federal/state funding for facility modernization projects.



What we're doing about this:
Our long-range organizational structure, construction and facility modernization plans are mutually supportive to insure the best use of state and federal funding. We work closely with the National Guard Bureau, the State of Iowa, and our Congressional delegation to maximize our plans and secure the required funding.


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