Brig. Gen. Dan Darland, a Davenport native and DeWitt resident, has retired from the Iowa Army National Guard after more than 25 years of military service.
His last duty position was as commandant for the 185th Regional Training Institute, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa. He received a brevet promotion to brigadier general upon his retirement.
Darland joined the Iowa Army National Guard in May 1987 as a second lieutenant after his graduation from the University of Iowa ROTC. His first assignment was platoon leader for the 209th Medical Company in Iowa City and in 1989 became the field medical assistant for the 296th Medical Detachment. He was then deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm as a platoon leader in the 209th Medical Company.
In June 1998 he served as the medical operations officer, Detachment 3, Headquarters State Area Command, in the Virginia National Guard. He returned to Iowa in 2000 as the operations and training officer, Joint Forces Headquarters in Iowa. He also served as commander of the 109th Medical Battalion and as commander of Task Force Iowa during Hurricane Katrina.
Darland’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asian Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Iowa Medal of Merit, Iowa Meritorious Service Medal, Iowa Humanitarian Service Medal and the Chief, National Guard Bureau Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence in 1994. He was also inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit.