NATIONAL GUARD LEADER DELIVERS ADDRESS
Des Moines, Iowa – Major General Ron Dardis, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, delivered the Condition of National Guard to a special joint session of the Iowa General Assembly on Tuesday.
“Our military is not weak, is not hollow, is not broken,” said General Dardis, “It remains the preeminent military power in the world and I want you and the citizens of Iowa to know that the Iowa national guard stands ready to meet anticipated state and federal mission requirements.”
General Dardis recognized State Representative Ray Zirkelbach of Monticello for his service with the Iron Man Battalion, the longest serving unit in the history of the war on terror, and also recognized other award winning and prominent National Guard members.
“General Dardis’s address reminds us all of the sacrifice made by these Iowans abroad and their importance to our state,” said State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls. “They are essential to our state as well our nation.”
General Dardis said given the current security requirements Iowa can expect more than 3,500 soldiers to deploy at one time, nearly 50 percent of our Army National Guard Strength. He also said the Iowa National Guard makes up nearly 2 percent of the nation’s National Guard forces and has contributed its share, mobilizing more than 100 percent of our authorized strength during the past six years.