IOWA NATIONAL GUARD
Always Ready. Always There.
RELEASED BY Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICEROFFICE: (515) 252-4582CELL: (515) 971-6385RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
CAMP DODGEJOHNSTON, IOWAApril 10, 201011:15 A.M.
*MEDIA ADVISORY*IOWA NATIONAL GUARD INITIATESUNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM
The Iowa National Guard’s 2
Brigade Combat Team has established a Unit PublicAffairs Representative program to assist local journalists with covering training,operations, and events at their hometown armories.More than 30 Soldiers from the brigade received public affairs and media trainingrecently at Camp Dodge. These individuals will serve as a point of contact for local journalists seeking to expand coverage of Iowa National Guard Soldiers and units fromtheir communities. This will enable the Iowa National Guard to better respond to localmedia requests, promote community relations events, and share the Iowa National Guardstory as the 2
Brigade embarks on its historic deployment to Afghanistan later this year.This deployment will be the largest of its kind for the Iowa National Guard since WorldWar II. More than 2,700 Citizen-Soldiers from the Iowa are expected to mobilize as partof this deployment. Nearly every Iowa community will be affected in some way by thismobilization.The attached list contains names and contact information for UPARs and battalion PublicAffairs Officers. These Soldiers will be contacting local journalists in the near future tointroduce themselves and find out how they can assist journalists with coverage of localIowa National Guard activities.Journalists with media queries concerning the overall operations of the Iowa NationalGuard, personnel or policy issues, or seeking interviews with senior leaders shouldcontinue to contact the State Public Affairs office at the numbers listed below.