Greetings to you all!
Greetings to you all!
I want to give a warm welcome home to the 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry, for a safe return from Iraq!
The 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry (“Ironman Battalion”), is comprised of units located in Waterloo, Iowa (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Detachment 1 of Company B), Dubuque, Iowa (Companies A and D), Oelwein, Iowa, (Company B), Iowa Falls, Iowa, (Company C), and Charles City, Iowa, (Detachment 1 of Headquarters and Headquarters Company).
The Iowans were mobilized in September and October 2005, departing Iowa for their mobilization station at Camp Shelby, Miss. Following additional training, they then deployed to Iraq and the Central Command (CENTCOM) Theater of operations in support of the global war on terrorism, in March and April 2006.
The mission tasked to the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry was convoy security in the western region of the Iraqi theater of operations. The official start of this mission occurred on May 1, 2006.
Two members of Company C, Sgt. 1st Class Scott E. Nisely, 48, of Marshalltown, and Sgt. Kampha B. Sourivong, 20, of Iowa City, were killed during combat operations on September 30, 2006 near Al Asad, Iraq. Please remember their families, in your thoughts and prayers.
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) will celebrate Iowa’s extraordinary outdoor recreation, wonderful tourism attractions, expanding businesses and tremendous job opportunities during “Iowa life changing Day” August 9, opening day of the 2007 Iowa State Fair. The day’s theme will be “We Have It Made in Iowa.” Below is a list of ten reasons why “Iowans have it made.”
Top Ten Reasons “Iowans Have It Made”
10) Iowa is affordable. Iowa ranks as the 8th most-affordable place to live in the nation.1 And Iowans spent the 2nd-lowest percentage of income on housing costs nationwide.2
9) Iowa is a great place for outdoor fun. There are over 600 miles of trails for hiking and biking within Iowa’s state parks and recreation areas.3 Iowa has the highest number of nine-hole golf courses per capita than any other state.4
8) Iowa consistently ranks as one of the most livable states in the country. 5
7) Iowa’s economy has diversified greatly from one dominated by agriculture a couple generations ago, to one that includes major employers in the fields of advanced manufacturing, financial services / information technologies, renewable energy and biosciences. These industries are expanding Iowa’s economy and creating job opportunities across the state.
6) Eight metros in Iowa are ranked among the best places in America to start a business or career: Des Moines, Davenport-Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Iowa City, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Sioux City.6
5) Iowa has great public schools. Iowa is home to three world-class universities, helping us stay on the cutting-edge of innovation and technology. Our state has the third-highest public high school graduation rate in the United States.7
4) Iowa is first in the nation in the percentage of people covered by health insurance. 8
3) Iowa is the nation’s undisputed leader in the production of renewable energy. Iowa is first in the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel, and third in the production of wind energy.
2) Iowans are some of the nicest, kindest, most hard-working folks in the country. 9
1) The Iowa State Fair. Enough said.
1) U.S. Census Bureau, 2006, 2) Morgan Quitno, 2007, 3) Iowa Department of Transportation, 2006, 4) National Golf Foundation, 2005, 5) Morgan Quitno, 2007, 6) Forbes, 2007, 7) Morgan Quitno, 2007, 8) United Health Foundation, 2006, 9) Gov. Chet Culver’s Personal Experience, 2007
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