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NEWS | March 27, 2020

More Iowa National Guard members join COVID-19 fight

By Iowa National Guard

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Approximately 40 Soldiers from the 67th Troop Command based in Iowa City were activated March 26 to augment the state’s COVID-19 response in eastern Iowa.

Soldiers assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 67th Troop Command at the Iowa City Readiness Center are coordinating Iowa National Guard support to county, state and federal agencies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the eastern half of the state.

In addition to activating these additional Soldiers, the Iowa National Guard continues to support the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Soldiers transported 66 pallets of medical personal protective equipment to 23 county distribution centers March 26. The medical supplies are used by health care workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the Iowa National Guard have delivered about 140 pallets of protective equipment to 55 counties across the state since these distribution missions began March 24.

There are now more than 90 Soldiers and Airmen on duty supporting a variety of COVID-19 response missions across Iowa.