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Iowa National Guard Celebrates 175 Years of Service

IOWA CITY, IA (( CBS2 / FOX28 )) -- Missouri tax collectors were driven back across the Iowa border by a group of farmers who grabbed their guns to defend land where they have bee hives.  Its just the latest battle in the Honey War. 

That line could have appeared in an Iowa newspaper, but the date would have been 175 years ago!  Its significant, because that event started what we now know as the Iowa National Guard.

On Tuesday afternoon, with a military sword in hand, the group cut the cake to celebrate its septaquintaquinquecentennial or 175th birthday.

The Old Capitol in Iowa City provided a fitting backdrop to honor the 9,300 neighbors who defend our country today and to remember those who lead the way long before Iowa statehood.  Lieutenant Colonel Joe Albrecht  is a professor of military science at the University of Iowa and says the history runs deep.  The military was originally based on a militia which was activated during the revolutionary time and even before that and the Iowa National Guard has served in each of the major conflicts throughout the history of the United States

Iowa sent more national guard troops into battle in World War II than any other state and nearly 4,000 died in action.  The Iowa Air Guard provided support in Viet Nam and again in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.  But Iowa Guard members are also the men and women who rushed in when record floods hit The Corridor.  They stood guard to protect property and guided homeowners back to their houses to keep them safe while they recovered valuables.  Second Lieutenant Megan Cartwright is a 4 and a half year veteran who trained as a combat medic and platoon leader.  Its been awesome.  I literally dont regret a minute of it.    Cartwright says the 175 years of flood fighting and national defense is an amazing achievement that continues 24-7.  In fact, even as the cake is being cut, she is on call.  We help with winter when people get stuck from big storms and snow and we have teams that go out and help with that as well.

A history of tradition and service for the Iowa National Guard as neighbors protect neighbors for 175 years and counting.



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