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Iowa National Guard on duty for Obama inauguration


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- About 1,000 members of the Iowa National Guard will be on duty in Washington D.C. for the January 20th inauguration of Barack Obama.

Officials say the National Guard Bureau asked for Iowa's help because of increased operational requirements and growing crowd estimates, which could reach the millions. They are among 7,000 soldiers and airmen from at least 8 states that will help.

The Iowa members will have duties such as traffic control, transportation and personnel support.

Guard units from Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Davenport, Boone, Carroll, Des Moines, Le Mars, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Denison, Red Oak, Shenandoah and Camp Dodge in Johnson will be activated for the inauguration.

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