Iowa National Guard comes to Tama with supplies

Contributed photo Sgt. Timothy Hesse Sr. and Sgt. Zachary Anderson, motor transport operators with the 1133rd Transportation Company, Iowa Army National Guard, deliver essential medical supplies as part of a statewide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on March 24.

Iowa National Guard soldiers delivered necessary medical personal protective equipment to Tama on Tuesday.

Soldiers were sent to counties impacted by COVID-19, which also included Johnson, Polk and Pottawattamie.

Soldiers from the 1133rd Transportation Company of Mason City and its detachment in Iowa City delivered four semi trailers of medical personal protective equipment or PPE to the five impacted counties.

The equipment included specialized clothing and equipment worn by healthcare professionals to help prevent the spread of disease.

“It is a vital commodity in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa and across the country,” a statement from the National Guard read.      

The National Guard is working in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health in the effort.

The Guard used M915A5 Line-Haul Tractor Trucks in the mission to deliver essential equipment.

These missions will continue for the foreseeable future as additional requests for PPE are processed by the State Emergency Operations Center and given to the Iowa National Guard for distribution.  

The National guard has activated 42 service members to active duty status in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Contact Thomas Nelson at (641)753-6611 or tnelson@timesrepublican.com


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