JOHNSTON, Iowa – Approximately 65 Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City and 132d Wing in Des Moines recently received stateside deployment orders in support of Operation Allies Welcome.
Operation Allies Welcome is the ongoing effort to bring Americans home from Afghanistan and bring vulnerable Afghans to the United States and support their resettlement.
Airmen will deploy for approximately 60-90 days under Title 10 federal deployment orders starting in November.
The Airmen will be helping provide logistical, sustainment, and interagency support for Afghan refugees resettling in the United States. These service members will be under the direction of the U.S. Northern Command.
The Iowa Air National Guard has approximately 2,000 Airmen that typically serve one weekend and month and two weeks a year.