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.