MCTC is an indispensable partner to Law
Enforcement Agencies and Community Based Organizations as the premier resource in the Midwest for counter-narcotic training and professional
The Midwest Counterdrug Training Center focuses National Guard capabilities and assets to facilitate professional development, mitigate
training gaps, and increase counterdrug expertise in the LEA and CBO communities in order to build safe and strong communities.
History of MCTC
The Midwest Counterdrug Training
Center (MCTC), a branch of the Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, is one of five Department of Defense funded Counterdrug training schools.
It is located on Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center (JMTC) in Johnston, IA. Since 1999, MCTC has trained over 187,000 local, tribal, state,
and federal law enforcement officers, military members, and prevention and treatment professionals across the United States.
In 1998, the Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force conceived MCTC as a way to bring counterdrug training to law enforcement in
Iowa. Between 1999 and 2002, the Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force hosted to more than fifty different courses under the MCTC name,
receiving training from the four existing National Guard Counterdrug schools. Due to this success, Congress provided funding for a fifth Counterdrug
school to the Iowa National Guard, and on October 1, 2002, MCTC offered its first course as an independent training center.
Once established, the initial goal for MCTC was to offer roughly 80 courses per year in order to train approximately 3,000 students annually.
MCTC has exceeded this goal each year of its operation. By spring of 2019, MCTC had trained over 187,000 students and had completed more than 4,800
The training courses provided by MCTC are not exclusive to Iowa. Once MCTC was officially established as a Counterdrug school, its mission was
to offer training throughout the entire Midwestern and Northwestern United States. Roughly 60% of MCTC courses have been conducted outside the
state of Iowa – with mobile courses requested and hosted by agencies with the greatest need for high-quality Counterdrug training.
Today, MCTC offers more than 60 different Counterdrug training courses, both on Camp Dodge JMTC and throughout the nation. MCTC’s course
offerings continually change and adapt to the latest drug trends, from combatting methamphetamine labs in its early history to combatting the opiate
epidemic of the late 2010s. MCTC also enhances the capabilities of the National Guard Counterdrug Support Program, directly supporting both the
Counterdrug Criminal Analysis and the Counterdrug Civil Operations courses.
- LTC Jon Borg – MCTC
- CPT Jacob Johnson – Officer in Charge, MCTC
- SFC Jeremy Fehr - Director of Training,
Board of Directors
The Board of
Directors advises the MCTC Leadership on the critical training needs of law enforcement officers and communities. The Board provides oversight and
advisory support to the MCTC Commandant, Director of Training, and staff.
The members of the Board of Directors are comprised
of the Adjutant General of Iowa (or his/her representative), the Commandant of MCTC, and representatives from agencies involved in developing and
conducting counterdrug activites in the primary service area.
Current Board Members
- Board Chair: Tony Garcia – Director, South Texas HIDTA
- Jon Dotterer – CDC, Minnesota Counterdrug
- Paul Feddersen – Assistant Director, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement
- Kevin Frampton – Midwest HIDTA (Des Moines)
- Brian Marquart – Minnesota Department of Public Safety
- David Mizell – Asst Director, Midwest HIDTA
- Al Pizzano – Chief of Police, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
- John Scully – Director, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
- Pat Slack – Commander, Snohomish Drug Task Force, Washington
- Lance Sumpter – Director, TEXOMA HIDTA
- Miquel Torres – CDC, Texas Counterdrug