JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL) — Iowa National Guard Soldiers from the 1133rd Transportation Company of Mason City, Iowa and its detachment in Iowa City, Iowa, delivered four semitrailers of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to five counties on March 24th.
The Iowa National Guard (in support of the Iowa Department of Public Health) used their heavy hauler (M915A5 Line-Haul Tractor Trucks) to deliver needed equipment to distribution sites in Black Hawk, Johnson, Polk, Pottawattamie and Tama counties.
PPE is specialized clothing and equipment worn by healthcare professionals to help prevent the spread of disease. The equipment is vital in the fight against the spreading of COVID-19 in Iowa and across the nation.
It is stated that these mission will continue for the foreseeable future as more requests for PPE are processed by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and given to the Iowa National Guard for distribution.
On March 23rd, eight Soldiers from the 3654th Support Maintenance Company (Knoxville, Iowa) with a detachment in Oskaloosa, Iowa, sent and assembled two large tents in Oskaloosa for the Mahaska Health Partnership hospital's COVID-19 response plan.
The Iowa National Guard progresses to provide a number of Soldiers and Airmen in support of the state's emergency response efforts. As of now, there are 42 service members in a State Active Duty status.
The Iowa National Guard is working closely with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Public Health and other state agencies to monitor the situation in Iowa. The Guard is prepared to support future missions in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Images from today’s mission are available on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS): https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6149557/iowa-army-national-guard-delivers-medical-supplies-amid-covid-19-response.