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Timothy E. Orr, Major 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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Highlighted Measure:

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 02/02/2017


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.

Personnel strength in the Iowa Army and Air National Guard has remained at or near 100% of authorized throughout the mobilizations to support the overseas contingency operations. The Iowa National Guard began FY15 at just under 100% of authorized strength. The retention rate of the Iowa National Guard ranks as one of the highest in the nation.

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 FY15, nearly one-third of Iowa National Guard troops were available for, or were serving on, federal active duty. At the close of FY15, the Iowa National Guard had among the fewest number of soldiers and airmen on active duty since 9/11/2001.

The Iowa National Guard has been able to successfully reintegrate 95% of our forces back into employment after release from active duty during FY15.

The Iowa National Guard had 79% qualified and trained personnel with available senior 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.

The overall target for units to meet federal mission accomplishments is 65%. 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 FY15 EOH was 94% and ER was 97%. This achievement is due to the professionalism of our force.

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 flood 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.

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 17,000 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have represented Iowa and the United States while conducting full-spectrum operations in the most challenging of regions.

The Iowa National Guard is very proud of our service to the very founding of our State. The 1st Battalion 168th Infantry and 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, both of the Iowa National Guard, turned 150 years old in late 2010 and early 2011. Both units have served in nearly every conflict and state disaster since the Civil War.

In 2015, the focus of the Iowa National Guard was on strength readiness, training individual members, and preparing combat-ready units with realistic and rigorous training. More than 2,000 soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with other Iowa National Guard units, participated in a world-class training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana.

In June 2015, the Iowa Air National Guard from the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City were deployed worldwide for refueling and other aviation support missions.

During FY15, the Iowa Army National Guard provided school training for 3,851 enlisted and officer personnel.

In 2015, Camp Dodge proudly hosted the week-long American Legion Hawkeye Boys State for the 76th consecutive year. During that time, over 30,000 young men entering their senior year of high school experience the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government.

In 2015, Camp Dodge achieved being the busiest Tier III military installation and number five busiest overall nationally in training throughput. This included Iowa National Guard members and other military units and organizations that train on base.

Graph - Strength in the Iowa National Guard


Why this is important:
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 will greatly enhance Iowa's economy, quality of life, and future.

What we're doing about this:
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. The Guard provided assistance to 1,241 qualified soldiers during FY15. For those attending state schools in 2015, NGEAP was funded at $5,100,000 and provided approximately 100% educational assistance to qualified Iowa National Guardsmen and women based on state regent's institution tuition costs. 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.


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 02/02/2017


  • Iowa National Guard operations brought $348,276,849 of federal money into the State of Iowa during Fiscal Year 2016. The Iowa Guard's return on investment of the State's $11,149,122 was $32.01 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.









Highlighted Measure:

Quality Training Facilities

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


Updated 08/01/2016



Total: $180.9 million. Federal/State Ratio: 7.45:1

Constructed - $122.9 million. Iowa City Readiness Center; Camp Dodge Freedom Center; Camp Dodge Main Entrance; Camp Dodge United States Property & Fiscal Office building; Camp Dodge MOUT (Military Operations Urban Terrain); Cedar Rapids Armed Forces Reserve Center; Middletown Armed Forces Reserve Center; Muscatine Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Des Moines base - $12.1 million. Facility upgrades and training/operations center renovations.

Renovated - $46.0 million. Davenport Aviation, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Shenandoah, Audubon, Iowa Falls, Washington, Waterloo Aviation, Charles City, Oelwein, Ottumwa, Perry, Spencer, Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Camp Dodge JF Miller Readiness Centers, Waterloo AASF.

Closed - Two armories.


Total: $12.0 million. Federal/State Ratio: 3.8:1

Renovated - $8.0 million. Camp Dodge Joint Force Headquarters, State Fiscal Office, Dubuque and Council Bluffs Readiness Centers, Council Bluffs FMS.

Construct - $4.0 million - Camp Dodge Urban Assault Course.

Closed - Two armories.


Total: $21.4 million. Federal/State Ratio: 5.3:1

Renovated - $8.0 million. Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City Armories.

Closed - One armory.



Renovated - $9.6 million. Clinton Readiness Center, Camp Dodge Maintenance Armory, Camp Dodge Combined Support Maintenance Shop.


2015-2019 FORECASTED

Total: $96.65 million. Federal/State Ratio: 11.8:1

Sioux City and Ford Dodge bases - $29.65 million. Operations improvements.

Des Moines base - $25.5 million - Operations improvements.

Renovate - $10.0 million. Marshalltown, Clinton, Oskaloosa, Denison, and Sheldon Readiness Centers.

Construct - $23.0 million. Davenport Armed Forces Reserve Center (2017) (includes design and construction).

Camp Dodge- $8.0 million. RSG Readiness Center renovation; FMCD renovation, upgrade of roads; upgrade sanitary storm and water systems.



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 vitaility.

Goal: To construct one new Readiness Center and revitalize two more each year. A one-time Congressional initiative to remedy existing facilities provided $12 million of federal funding during Fiscal Year 2008. This presented the Iowa Army National Guard with the opportunity to revitalize eight armories (readiness centers) and several other projects.

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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