- WEST DES MOINES, Iowa --
The Iowa Army National Guard launched a two-week training mission Tuesday
preparing members to protect our state against terrorist attacks.
- Troops will be stationed in areas like Waterworks Park
and Maffet Reservoir.
- Military helicopter pilots surveyed Des Moines all day
Tuesday getting shots of the places troops will patrol.
- "They know with events that have occurred they have
a role here and they're prepared to do that role," Lt. Col. Tim Orr's
- Starting next week, officers will be making their presence
known around town as part of their terrorist training.
- Aside from training, the exercises are meant to serve
as a reminder to Iowans. That attacks could happen here and we all need
to be better prepared.
- The Iowa Guard is working with the Governor's office
and the Homeland Defense Coordinator so that any problems that come up
can be worked out.
- Iowa is the first state conducting this kind of training.