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132nd Wing Welcomes Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds for tour of Wing's capabilities

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations.132nd Wing Commander, Col. Kevin Heer, completes the tour of the 132nd Wing Fire Department. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations.132nd Wing Commander, Col. Kevin Heer, completes the tour of the 132nd Wing Fire Department. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Col. Kevin Heer (in flight suit), commander of the 132nd Wing, briefs the group on the 132nd’s Fire Department capabilities.  (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Col. Kevin Heer (in flight suit), commander of the 132nd Wing, briefs the group on the 132nd’s Fire Department capabilities. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Lt. Col. Russell Bossard (to the left of Branstad) visits with the group.  (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Lt. Col. Russell Bossard (to the left of Branstad) visits with the group. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center left), and 132nd Wing Commander Col. Kevin Heer (far right) also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Capt. Brandon Cochran (second from left) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Medical counter-Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) program. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center left), and 132nd Wing Commander Col. Kevin Heer (far right) also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Capt. Brandon Cochran (second from left) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Medical counter-Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) program. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa, also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Clayberg (back to camera) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa, also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Clayberg (back to camera) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center right), and 132nd Wing Commander Col. Kevin Heer (center in flight suit) also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Clayberg (far left) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team.  (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center right), and 132nd Wing Commander Col. Kevin Heer (center in flight suit) also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Clayberg (far left) explains the capabilities of the Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far left), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations.  Iowa Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cameron Stufflebeam demonstrates the unit’s civil engineering capabilities. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far left), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cameron Stufflebeam demonstrates the unit’s civil engineering capabilities. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far right), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joedy Van Velzen explains the capabilities of the UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft.  (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far right), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joedy Van Velzen explains the capabilities of the UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations.  Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Wilbur (second from left, with back to camera) explains the capabilities of the UH-72 Lakota aircraft.  (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (center), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Wilbur (second from left, with back to camera) explains the capabilities of the UH-72 Lakota aircraft. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Kelly)

The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far left), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Wilbur explains the capabilities of the Army’s UH-72 Lakota helicopter. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)
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The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines, Iowa hosted Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds during a tour of the Wing’s capabilities on June 9. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of Iowa (far left), also attended, as Iowa officials were briefed on the unit’s three new missions – Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations, and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations. Iowa Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Wilbur explains the capabilities of the Army’s UH-72 Lakota helicopter. (Iowa Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Linda K. Burger)

132D WING, Iowa -- The 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard welcomed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds to the Des Moines, Iowa airbase on June 9, for a tour of the Wing's capabilities. This visit included a visual demonstration of the Wing's domestic operations capabilities and a brief of the Wing's three missions -- Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Defensive Cyber Operations and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft flying operations.

During the presentation, the 132nd Wing Commander, Col. Kevin Heer, explained how, over the last two years of conversion, unit members have been resilient and maintained a spirit of enthusiasm resulting in one of the most efficient conversions in Air National Guard history. He quoted the Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke, who said, "You are doing it right."

Heer also spoke about the 132nd being efficient custodians of their facilities. The 132nd hangars once used to store and maintain F-16 Falcon aircraft have since been repurposed into the 132nd Fire Department, where they also store an RC-26 and C-12 aircraft. This facility may also be used in the future by the Iowa Army National Guard to store and maintain UH-60M Black Hawk and UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

During the tour, Iowa officials learned about Iowa National Guard domestic operations capabilities, including demonstrations of the Medical Counter Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Program, Civil Disturbance Kit, Disaster Response Mobile Kitchen, Fatality Search and Recovery Team, Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC), Urban Search and Rescue, Civil Engineering Debris Clearance, and Prime Power.