Sendoff ceremonies for roughly 550 members of the Iowa National Guard 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry is set for later this month. Troops from five cities that include Waterloo, Dubuque, Davenport, Iowa City and Iowa Falls, will hold sendoff ceremonies on May 30th. Alpha Company in Dubuque will conduct their ceremony from the armory on Old Highway Road. All four Radio Dubuque stations, KDTH, KAT-FM, 97.3 the Rock and 101.1 the River will air the sendoff live as it happens. Captain Andrew Tindall says in order to keep everyone safe, family members will be able to say goodbye to the soldiers, but they won’t be allowed access to the armory. All members of the 133rd have been tested and will continue to be tested for the coronavirus while their overseas. The 133rd’s primary mission overseas will involve area security and force protection operations in the CENTCOM AOR. Along with fulfilling their primary duties, Iowa National Guard members have been on the frontlines in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by delivering critical medical supplies. The Dubuque sendoff will start at around 12:30 on May 30th. All of the troops will meet up at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The 133rd will be deployed for a year.