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132d Wing Mobilizes to support Operation Allies Welcome

132d Wing Airmen stand in formation during the TAG's Annual Retreat Ceremony, May 28, 2021 at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. Air and Army National Guard units from around the state of Iowa were present. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael J. Kelly)

132d Wing Airmen stand in formation during the TAG's Annual Retreat Ceremony, May 28, 2021 at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. Air and Army National Guard units from around the state of Iowa were present. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael J. Kelly)

Des Moines, Iowa --

Approximately 35 Airmen from the132d Wing in Des Moines, Iowa recently received stateside deployment orders in support of Operation Allies Welcome.

Operation Allies Welcome is the ongoing effort to bring Americans home from Afghanistan and bring vulnerable Afghans to the United States and support their resettlement.

Airmen will deploy for approximately 60-90 days under Title 10 federal deployment orders starting in November.

The Airmen will be helping provide logistical, sustainment, and interagency support for Afghan refugees resettling in the United States. These service members will be under the direction of the U.S. Northern Command.

The Iowa Air National Guard has approximately 2,000 Airmen that typically serve one weekend and month and two weeks a year. To stay up to date on all of the Iowa National Guard’s efforts globally, be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram @IowaNationalGuard

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For questions concerning this release as well as additional information about the operations, training and activities of the Iowa Army and Air National Guard, please contact Maj. Katherine Headley, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer by email at Katherine.p.headley.mil@mail.mil or 515-252-4582 (office) or 515-971-6385 (cell).