Iowa National Guard deployment drops

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — The head of the Iowa National Guard said Thursday the number of Guard members from the state deployed overseas is at one of the lowest points since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In his annual Condition of the Guard address to the Iowa General Assembly, Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr noted that about 260 Iowa soldiers and airmen are currently deployed. Over the past decade, the number has been as high as 3,500.

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