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The Iowa Department of Veteran's Affairs calls Historic Camp
Dodge in Johnston, IA, it's home.
In 1917, a 'city' of 40,000 rose almost ovenight in the countryside
northwest of Des Moines. For hundreds of thousands of Midwesterners, this army
encampment was their first home away from home on their way to fight the Great War of
1914-1918. -Timothy Grover
Eighty seven years ago, on
April 12, 1909, William McHarg and his wife Maggie McHarg signed a warranty deed which
transferred 78.5 acres of land to the State of Iowa. This land transfer was the first of a
series of purchases to obtain a state-owned training ground for the Iowa National Guard.
A year later, on April 29, 1910, Iowa Adjutant General
Guy E. Logan issued General Order No. 9 which named the campground in honor of Major
General Grenville M. Dodge. General Dodge, who organized the first military company in
Iowa at Council Bluffs on July 15, 1856, was at that time the only living department and
army commander of the federal army in Iowa from the War of the Rebellion. The General
Order also contained a detailed listing of the events in his military career.
Expansion of the campgrounds would continue...
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The Iowa National Guard is head quartered at Camp Dodge
in Johnston, IA.. The Office of the Adjutant General and his Staff are located in the JFHQ
Readiness Command) Armory.
Iowa Gold Star Museum
7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston Iowa 50131-1902
The I L E A has been assigned the
responsibility of providing training for Iowa Law Enforcement Officers, to coordinate
training and to set standards for the law enforcement service. The Academy also provides
training to jailers in county jails and city holding facilities and to telecommunicators
throughout the state. In addition, the Academy administers a program of psychological
testing of applicants for law enforcement positions, approves regional training programs,
establishes hiring standards for peace officers and provides audio-visual resources to law
enforcement training and educational institutions.