An Iowa National Guardsman has been killed in Afghanistan. The mother of Spc. Brent Maher of Council Bluffs tells Channel 6 News that he died when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
The Pentagon says the attack happened Monday in Paktia Province. Maher was a gunner on mounted patrol when the "Cougar" Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle struck an IED. 3 others from this region were injured.
We are told Maher’s wife, Brenna, is at Dover Air Force Base awaiting the exchange.
He will be posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Maher grew up in Imogene, Iowa. He was a specialist with the 168th Infantry Bravo Company out of Shenandoah.
Maher, 31, has three children from a previous marriage. Kaitelyn, Matthew and Hannah live in Michigan.
After graduating from Farragut High School, he spent 8 years in the U.S. Navy.
His mother, Cheryl Tyner of Essex says he loved to hunt and fish. "You have to be face-to-face to realize it happened. It doesn't seem real to me."
"Good people touch lives...and this guy did," said Brent's stepfather Mick Tyner. "He loved helping struggling people and was always in the military. He wanted to serve."
He married Brenna of Honey Creek, Iowa, on August 1, 2009. Maher left for his deployment one year later, August 1, 2010 as part of the largest Iowa deployment since World War II -- 2,800 soldiers.
Wounded in the attack were Sgt 1st Class Nicholas Jedlicka, 31, of Council Bluffs, Spc. Justin Christiansen, 24, of Nebraska City and Spc. Dustin Morrison, 20, of New Market, Iowa.
Funeral arrangements for Brent Maher are pending in Council Bluffs.