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      Iowa National Guard visits Ottumwa High School with zip line and race car

      Ottumwa High School students got to take a break from classes Tuesday to watch their principal, Mark Hanson, ride down a zip line.

      The Iowa National Guard brought both the zip line and NASCAR racer Dale Junior's car to Ottumwa High School. The activities made for a fun day, but it was also an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the opportunities the National Guard has to offer.

      "The biggest benefit that we talk to students about for serving is just the pride to serve," said Sergeant First Class Jesse Howard. "That's what a lot of these students, they look at and say I've always wanted to serve, this is what I want to do and then on top of that, we'll talk about the benefits of serving -- the college, the retirement, the life insurance, health insurance, the tangible benefits. But most importantly, we want the students that are saying they've got a desire to serve their country and their community and the Iowa National Guard is a great fit for them."

      "We want to stress the benefits the National Guard can give them, like free college, benefits like that," said Staff Sergeant Scott Neff. "Just give back to them a little bit with a fun day."

      Next, the National Guard heads to Fairfield on Thursday for a job fair at the armory. Then, they'll head to the First Friday Art Walk and at the Mt. Dew Bloomfield Speedway on Saturday.