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by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017


Pvt2. Jordan M. Henderson, of Marion, Iowa, was part of approximately 40 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. Henderson, a 2016 graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, now becomes a Motor Transport Operator with the 1133rd Transportation Company, of Iowa City, Iowa.

Motor transport operators are primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheeled vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. They are 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, Henderson 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.

Henderson is also eligible for the Reserve Component GI Bill, which pays a Soldier $600 per month while attending college, technical, or vocational trade schools. He'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 the group at www.facebook.com/IowaNationalGuard .
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