An Iowa Army National Guard soldier from Honey Creek has been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
Guard officials say 31-year-old SPC Brent Maher, died Monday afternoon when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device in Paktya province, Afghanistan. Three other Iowa soldiers, SFC Nicholas Jedlicka, 31, from Council Bluffs; SPC Dustin Morrison, 20, from New Market; and SPC Justin Christiansen, 24, from Nebraska City, Neb. were also wounded in the attack.
All four soldiers were with the Iowa Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, of Shenandoah.
The division mobilized in July at Camp Shelby, Miss., before departing to Afghanistan in November 2010.
Maher is survived by his wife, Brenna, and three children.
Maher's mother says her son graduated from Farragut High School. She says he loved to hunt and fish, but being with his children was probably "the top thing."