- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 2,000 Iowa National Guard members can expect to be deployed over the next year - the largest number since 2011, according to the organization’s adjutant general.

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell said Thursday that the projected deployments would be in support of operations in U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command and U.S. African Command, the Des Moines Register reported. The anticipated deployments are not in response to any recent tensions in the Middle East, but are part of the typical training and deployment cycle, Correll said.

“Mission requirements can and do change, but this is what we are currently expecting,” he said.

Corell said he expects deployments to begin in May and continue through the summer before concluding early next year.

The Iowa National Guard currently has about 100 soldiers and airmen deployed, Correll said. The anticipated deployments over the next year would represent about 30% of the Iowa National Guard’s nearly 9,000 members.

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