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Airmen Return Home

Col. Drew DeHaes, commanding officer of the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard welcomed 220 airmen back to the United States from a deployment in Afghanistan after they landed in Des Moines Monday night.

The unit has flown more than 800 combat missions in southern Afghanistan; one of their main duties to protect U.S. and Afghan ground forces. The 132nd Fighter Wing performed a first-ever feat for an Air National Guard unit when it moved all its aircraft, equipment and personnel from a base in Bagram to Kandahar Airfield.
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Latham Urging U.S. House to Oppose Des Moines Air Guard Cuts

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, an Iowa Republican, plans to testify today before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee in opposition to proposed budget cuts facing the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.

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Iowa Veterans of the Korean War to be Honored

Iowa veterans of the Korean War are being invited July 14th to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, where they will receive certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense. About 70,000 Iowans served in the Korean War, and an estimated 35,400 are still living, according to the Iowa National Guard.

The planning for that event will begin at 9:30 a.m. April 14th at Camp Dodge. The Tall Corn Chapter of Korean War Veterans of Iowa is conducting that meeting and inviting representatives of local veterans organizations across the state to participate and spread the word in their communities so as many Korean vets as possible show up for their July 14th recognition.
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Iowa Veterans Home to Study PTSD

The House recently passed Senate File 2245, a bill requiring the Iowa Veterans Home to initiate and coordinate a posttraumatic stress (PTSD) dual diagnosis treatment program study.

The study will include finding information on: funding sources, program structure, program requirements, the need for such a program in Iowa, focus on the establishment of a dual diagnosis program for individuals seeking treatment for service-connected posttraumatic stress, and substance abuse. The bill requires that the committee deliver the report to the general assembly and the governor by January 15, 2013.
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Governors’ Plan for Air Guard Operations

F-16 combat aircraft would still soar into the skies from the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines under an alternative defense budget submitted to the Pentagon by a key group of the nation’s governors.

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Letter from Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa and Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington, co-chairs of the Council of Governors

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Shaw Leads CDL Bill for Veterans


Veterans who drove big rigs in the military would have an easier time getting a commercial driver’s license in Iowa under a bill championed by state Rep. Tom Shaw. Read More

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Air Guard Cuts

Representatives in the Iowa House have drafted a resolution in opposition to the proposed spending cuts to the Air National Guard. Representative Jeremy Taylor has requested a resolution urging United States Congress and the President to protect Iowa’s Air National Guard.
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2012 First Funnel Survivors

The 2012 legislative session has made its way through the first funnel. Click below to see a list of bills that made it through.

2012 First Funnel Survivors

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Veterans Home Construction Update


It’s finally here. After much planning and construction on the Veterans Home in Marshalltown, on Tuesday, February 14th, 21 residents moved into the new Fox building. The other 159 residents will move once the other buildings are licensed and certified by the USDVA. The total process will take a few weeks.

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Iowa Gold Star Military Museum-“Unconditional Loyalty” Exhibit

In celebration of February’s Black History Month, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum will host a traveling exhibit from the African-American Museum of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, entitled “Unconditional Loyalty: The Military Service of African-Americans.”

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Unconditional Loyalty exhibit

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