As floodwaters recede, National Guardsmen return home
Iowa Army National Guard soldiers and airmen were released from state active duty Friday due to the receding water levels of the Cedar River, according to a press release from the Iowa Army National Guard.
The servicemembers were activated starting Sept. 24 and partnered with federal, state, county, and local officials to provide assistance, coordination, planning, and preparation in support of flood response operations in Cedar Rapids and throughout eastern Iowa.
During the Cedar River flood in September, approximately 430 Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen supported local law enforcement and provided planning and response assistance to civilian authorities. In Cedar Rapids and Palo, nearly 400 Iowa National Guard soldiers manned 75 evacuation control points 24-hours a day, (approximately 11,376 man-hours over a 72-hour period), where the soldiers provided assistance, directions, and curfew enforcement for local residents.
Soldiers and airmen were mobilized for this mission from the following units:
• 67th Troop Command (Iowa City)
• 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (Johnston)
• 3654th Maintenance Company (Knoxville/Oskaloosa)
• 1133rd Transportation Company (Mason City/Iowa City)
• 1168th Transportation Company (Perry/Marshalltown/Audubon)
• 294th Medical Company (Washington)
• Company A, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (Johnston/Cedar Rapids/Oelwein)
• Company B, 224th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Davenport)
• Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center Installation Command (Johnston)
• Joint Forces Headquarters (Johnston)