Iowa Air National Guard Firefighters Return Home from Africa
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ten Iowa Air National Guard soldiers returned home on Monday after being in Africa for six months. Matthew Stern, a firefighter for the Iowa Air National Guard, was welcomed home by his mom, Susan Smith, his two sisters and his wife at the Des Moines International Airport. “My son’s been in the Air Guard since high school practically, and this is his first deployment, and he’s been close before but he’s been gone now for 6 months. He left right after the Fourth of July,” Smith said.