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by Report submitted · December 16th, 2016


Pfc. Delaney R. Allen, of Robins, Iowa, was part of more than 60 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony held at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa.

This ceremony represents a time-honored tradition, where Iowa Citizen-Soldiers officially receive the left-shoulder military patch representing their unit of assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard.

It also marks completion of the Iowa National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program, a preparatory training program that provides new recruits the education and skills needed to excel during their Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (military school).

These Soldiers represent today's Iowa Army National Guard, which consists of 7,000 Citizen-Soldiers based in more than 40 communities across the state. Allen now becomes a Motor Transport Operator with Detachment 1, 1133rd Transportation Company in Iowa City, Iowa.

A motor transport operator is primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheeled vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. They're the backbone of the Army's support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield.

By completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, Allen is now eligible for the Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant (NGEAP), a state-funded tuition assistance program for Iowa National Guard members who attend Iowa community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private. Under this program, Iowa National Guard members will receive tuition payment up to 100 percent of the State Regents' rate, an amount up to $7,108 per academic year.

Allen is also eligible for the Reserve Component GI Bill, which pays a Soldier up to $600 per month while attending college, technical or vocational trade schools. And she'll also receive monthly drill pay and 15 days of paid duty each year for Annual Training.

Go to www.iowanationalguard.com and click on the Recruiting tab for more information. You can also find more information about the Iowa National Guard by following it at www.facebook.com/IowaNationalGuard.
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