Iowa National Guard’s longest serving soldier retires in time for Veterans Day


DES MOINES, IOWA — Steve Swisher celebrated Veterans Day on Thursday as a civilian for the first time since the Ford Administration. On Wednesday Swisher celebrated the end of his military career, stepping down as the longest-serving member of the Iowa National Guard.

Swisher enlisted in Council Bluffs back in 1976. Forty-four years, seven months, and 18 days later his career came to an end — retiring with the rank of Warrant Officer. WHO 13’s Roger Riley talked to Swisher about what comes next after a lifetime in uniform.

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