Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center
Joint Munitions Command, 185th Regiment
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131
Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center is a military installation in the city of Johnston, Iowa, located near the state capital of Des Moines, and spans across 4,400 acres. It serves as the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard. Camp Dodge focuses on providing robust training resources and capabilities for military, law enforcement, and government agencies. In addition to traditional and simulation training resources, Camp Dodge offers significant sustainment training assets through the National Maintenance Training Center, Iowa Ordinance Training Regiment, 185th Regional Training Institute, and the Mission Training Complex.
Camp Dodge has 517 employees and can house up to 2,000 trainees at any given time.
The closest airport to Camp Dodge is Des Moines International Airport located 22.75 miles away.
Directions rom the Des Moines International Airport:
- Depart the Des Moines International Airport.
- Turn RIGHT onto Fleur Dr, then turn RIGHT onto IA-5
- Take ramp onto I-35 NORTH
- Take I-35 NORTH to exit 129 (86th St. exit), then follow Camp Dodge signs
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Iowa school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 15th of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Iowa Department of Human Services 1-800-972-2017
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Billeting (515) 252-4238
Family Life Consultant (515) 212-0501
Housing Services Office (515) 252-4219
ID/CAC Card Processing (515) 252-4728
Military Personnel Services (515) 252-4728
Wellness Center (515) 252-4760
Military housing is not available at Camp Dodge.
The Camp Dodge Housing Division offers facilities for billeting. Call (515) 252-4219 for more information.
11.4 miles from base
Copper Creek is a family-friendly neighborhood in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with good schools and located close to downtown.
1 miles from base
Rising Sun/Hastie is a small, rural neighborhood in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. There are many different housing options available in this neighborhood.
In Johnston, the summers are warm, humid, and wet, and the winters are freezing, dry, and windy. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 17°F to 86°F and is rarely below -3°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 86°F and low of 68°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 28 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 17°F and high of 33°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from April 5 to September 22, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on June 7. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 22 to April 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on January 9.
In Johnston, Iowa the cost of living is 15% higher than the Iowa average, and 2% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Johnston, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 7% lower than it is in Iowa, and it is 12% lower than the national average.
Camp Dodge is close to the city of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. Des Moines offers all the amenities expected of a metropolitan area including shopping areas, restaurants, nightlife, live music and concerts, museums, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and parks.
Some points of interest include Science Center of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, Jester Park, Adventureland, and Altoona Aquatic Park.