History of The Iowa National Guard
CW2 David L. Snook
Although the future of the National Guard is difficult to predict, one thing is certain to remain – its dual mission. The National Guard will continue to augment active duty military forces. It will also continue to assist with natural disasters and other state emergencies. Debate continues concerning the relative size of the combat arms and combat service support components of the National Guard, but the "Total Force" or "One Army" concept is gaining wider acceptance. The traditions of National Guard service are deeply embedded in our national life. These traditions are the result of nearly four centuries of dedicated service by hundreds of thousands of militiamen and Guardsmen from the 1630s to the present. Our history continues every day…