DRAW DOWN: National Guard Role Post War

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Ending the war in Afghanistan is at the forefront of President Obama’s agenda this term.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the President met at the White House Friday to discuss U.S. plans to have just a small group of troops in Afghanistan by 2014.

For Iowa National guard soldiers the draw-down in will mean fewer deployments and more time with family.

Over the past 11-years most Iowa Guard Soldiers severed at least one deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, some soldiers even spent time in both countries.

Over the course of the two wars the Iowa’s National Guard lost 22 members.

Now they will change their focus from combat to humanitarian missions around the world.