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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

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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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