Salem soldier earns 2nd ICBT, 34th Infantry Division Patch
Pfc. Jordan P. Nichting, of Salem, was part of more than 80 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers recently recognized during a patching ceremony held at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, in Johnston.
This ceremony represents a time-honored tradition, where Iowa citizen-soldiers officially receive the left-shoulder military patch representing their unit of assignment in the Iowa Army National Guard.
It also marks completion of the Iowa National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program, a preparatory training program that provides new recruits the education and skills needed to excel during their Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (military school).
These soldiers represent today’s Iowa Army National Guard, which consists of 7,000 citizen-soldiers based in more than 40 communities across the state. Nichting, currently attending classes at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, now becomes a Combat Engineer with Detachment 1, Company A, 224th Brigade Engineer Battalion, in Middletown. He’s a 2016 graduate of Mt. Pleasant Community High School.
Combat engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team when they're tackling rough terrain in combat situations. They provide expertise in areas such as mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and general engineering.
By completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, Nichting is now eligible for the Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant (NGEAP), a state-funded tuition assistance program for Iowa National Guard members who attend Iowa community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private. Under this program, Iowa National Guard members will receive tuition payment up to 100 percent of the State Regents’ rate, an amount up to $7,108 per academic year.
Nichting, the son of James and Sandra Nichting, of Salem, is also eligible for the Reserve Component GI Bill, which pays a Soldier up to $600 per month while attending college, technical or vocational trade schools. And he’ll also receive monthly drill pay and 15-days of paid duty each year for Annual Training.