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Steve Holmes, back row, center, poses for a photo with Iraqi firefighters. Holmes is a member of the Air National Guard and taught firefighting techniques to Iraqi firefighters while stationed at Ali Air Base in Iraq.

Firefighter in Hastings, Iraq


When Steve Holmes was deciding what specialization to pursue in the Air National Guard, the decision wasn't a difficult one.

Since he was a kid, Holmes has been around firefighters and pretty much grew up in the Hastings fire station. His dad, Mark Holmes, was a 30-year member of the department and was chief for seven years before he retired. Simply put, firefighting is in Holmes' blood.

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