Iowa National Guard postpones drills, closes Gold Star Museum

JOHNSTON, Iowa- The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted some closures at Camp Dodge in Johnston, including the Iowa Gold Star Militlary Museum, the Camp Dodge Wellness Center and the U-S-O. Armory and facility rentals have been cancelled thru May 19th.

Drill and training periods have been postponed or cancelled. The Iowa National Guard continues preparing Soldiers for upcoming overseas deployments.

Nine Iowa National Guard soldiers are currently activated to support the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston.

The Iowa National Guard released a statement:

Senior leaders of the organization have made decisions to postpone, cancel or alter upcoming drill and training periods in support of the governor’s directives to avoid large crowds. The Iowa National Guard is also enforcing a Department of Defense-wide travel restriction, which prohibits non-essential travel for service members and federal employees. Additionally, it is implementing telework options to reduce the number of personnel in facilities and relying on mission essential personnel to maintain critical functions and operations. 

While balancing force health protection measures and the need to maintain readiness, the Iowa National Guard continues preparing Soldiers for upcoming overseas deployments. Those units identified for mobilization will continue with their scheduled training and pre-deployment activities. Unit commanders have instituted specific screening protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure to these Soldiers as they prepared to deploy overseas later this spring. 

We urge our personnel and our communities to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s best practices, remain calm and use good judgement as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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