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Camp Dodge

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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... Link to continued article 

Other Attractions

JFHQ Armory

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 (State Area Readiness Command) Armory.

Gold Star Museum

Iowa Gold Star Museum
7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston Iowa 50131-1902
515-252-4531
DSN 946-2531

 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.