On Friday, Sept. 30, Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are being released from state active duty due to the receding water levels of the Cedar River. These 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 throughout eastern Iowa.
During the Cedar River flood of 2016, approximately 430 Iowa National Guard Citizen-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 (unit location in parentheses):
- 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)
Additionally, 11 Guard Emergency Situational Awareness Contacts (“GESACs”-retired members of the Iowa National Guard), were deployed to Floyd, Bremer, Blackhawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Linn, Butler, Johnson, Louisa, and Muscatine Counties, where they worked hand-in-hand with County Emergency Management Coordinators to identify possible Iowa National Guard assistance missions.
Three Incident Awareness and Assistance Teams (IAATs) were also activated and placed within Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and the Cedar River basin area. These teams consisted of current Iowa National Guard members working in two-person teams, conducting eyes-on assessments and reporting to the Iowa National Guard Joint Operations Center.