Iowa National Guard

News Buzz
3:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wildlife Populations Down This Winter

Iowa's deer population has been dwindling since its peak in early 2000
Geoffrey Fairchild

Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.

First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.

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News
5:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Decline in contracting means new roles for service members

CW4 Mark Thompson and Colonel Allen Meyer, of the US Property and Fiscal Office at the Iowa National Guard.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

If a second federal sequester happens in January, the US military is anticipating another $52 billion in defense spending cuts. In Iowa, the National Guard is finding ways to save money by reducing the amount of work that is performed by contractors. We get more from Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren, in the third and final installment of our series on military contracts.         

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River to River
1:54 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

News Buzz: A Reopening, a Food Prize, a Homecoming, and a Pig

The partial government shutdown the country just came out of is often compared to the face-off nearly 20 years ago between President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. This News Buzz edition of River to River looks at the aftermath of the latest clash, compares it to what happened in the 90’s, and examines how Iowa and national politics have changed since then.  

We also hear about the World Food Prize ceremony this week and the protests associated with it.  And, a unit with the Iowa National Guard had a homecoming this week. Plus, Willie the pig has been captured.

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News
5:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Mission Change for Iowa Air Guard

MQ-9 Predators will be piloted from Des Moines.
U.S. Air Force

The fight to save Iowa's last jet fighter squadron is history; Des Moines' F-16s are gone and training for the next mission is well underway.

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News
9:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Iowa National Guard Confronts Suicides

Chaplain Gary Selof and Major Amy Price are tasked with fighting suicides in the Iowa National Guard.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

The Iowa National Guard has taken some significant casualties in recent months. Since late last year, five soldiers have taken their own lives. Three former members have also committed suicide.

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News
5:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

F-16 Noise Complaints to End

Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Relief is coming soon for Des Moines residents bothered by noisy F-16 jet fighters. All 21 planes, with their roaring engines, will be phased out by fall. We observed flight training for the full impact.

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River to River
1:08 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich

Dan Grinstead
Pat Blank

William Schaefer, professor emeritus of photography talks about his exhibit showcasing some of Iowa’s notable veterans, which is currently on display at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Iowa. Then, Captain Dan Grinstead of the Iowa Army National Guard is one of the veterans featured in the exhibit and he shares his story of his decision to enlist later in his life.

Doctor Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Francisco, talks about the human brain how it works and how it can recover from injury.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Army Band Prepares for Big Parade

Credit 34th Army Band

When Iowans gather in Des Moines tomorrow to thank veterans for their service, one of the National Guard's most decorated units will be among those leading the parade. Historic 1965 audio from the 34th Army Band in Burlington and the Val Air Ballroom in 1967.

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