ISSDA Honor Guard

The ISSDA Honor is comprised of approximately sixty members from various Sheriff’s Offices located across the state.  Many of its members attend events and functions on a volunteer basis and do so with tremendous pride and professionalisms.  I would like to give an update on the types of events that the ISSDA Honor Guard have participated in, and provide an update on the direction in which the ISSDA Honor Guard is moving.

In 2023 the ISSDA Honor Guard attended nineteen23 separate events which included funerals for active duty and retired personnel in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.  ISSDA Honor Guard functions also included assisting with the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremonies, Posting the Colors for multiple graduating Basic Classes at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, along with all ISSDA Schools, The Iowa School Resource Officers Conference, The Annual LIEN Conference, and the Iowa Narcotics Officer’s Conference. The ISSDA Honor Guard also participated in special events which included the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, and Racing For A Cause at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids.

In May 2023 the ISSDA Honor Guard sent Honor Guard members to Police Week in Washington DC to assist the Iowa COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) Organization with survivor families and coworkers that were attending Police Week in honor of Fallen loved ones and coworkers that were being honored at various ceremonies.  Additionally, the ISSDA Honor Guard assisted Honor Guards from across the nation as they met Police Week attendees as they got off of their planes at Ronald Reagan International Airport and participated in many other Honor Guard related events throughout the week. 

The continued success of the ISSDA Honor Guard has been achieved by the dedication of our Deputies and Sheriffs that allow the Honor Guard members the time to attend the various functions.  To ensure the continued success of the ISSDA Honor Guard we need to keep attendance at the various functions a high priority so that the majority of the work is not being done by a small number of Honor Guard Members.

If you need the ISSDA Honor Guard for any upcoming functions or if you wish to join the ISSDA Honor Guard, please contact Sheriff Jason Sandholdt from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, or Deputy Chris Langenberg with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Sandholdt, Marion County Sheriff
Email:   [email protected]
Office:  641-828-2220

Chris Langenberg, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Email:   [email protected]
Office:  319-356-6020