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Iowa Army National Guard working behind the scenes to deliver COVID-19 supplies

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Soldiers from the Iowa Army National Guard are no strangers when it comes to helping Iowans in need.

Whether here in Iowa or on deployment overseas, these soldiers been there for decades, fighting the battles.

While the Coronavirus medical battle is something entirely new for the Iowa Army National Guard, their response relies on proven, age-old success strategies. Some might just call it, 'The Basics.'

With no fanfare, and working quietly behind the scenes, soldiers of the Iowa Army National Guard continue to deliver medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 20 county distribution sites across the state of Iowa.

The missions are being supported by two transportation units from the 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion out of Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa.

Soldiers from the 1133rd Transportation Company, out of Iowa City and Mason City, and Detachment 1 of the 1168th Transportation Company of Marshalltown are working alongside the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to distribute specialized clothing and equipment for healthcare professionals in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Guard says the supplies are being transported in M915A5 Line-Haul Tractor Trucks and a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle.

These supply missions will continue for the foreseeable future as additional requests for personal protective equipment are processed by the State Emergency Operations Center and given to the Iowa National Guard for distribution.  

Requests for additional medial PPE materials from the state should be routed through local county emergency management coordinators.  

There are currently more than 70 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on a State Active Duty supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

The Iowa National Guard will continue to work in support of the governor and other state agencies to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Ron Steele

Evening Anchor

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