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Category: Letters from afar


Our man in Baghdad

You don’t often hear about guys like Tony Painter. He’s working in Baghdad, but he’s not in the military. Nor is he a diplomat. He’s a contractor – and not that kind of contractor. He’s one of the thousands of Americans working in the shattered country.

Who is Tony? He’s a 37-year-old Tacoma guy who, when living stateside, is within easy walking distance of Frisko Freeze. He graduated from Wilson and UW-Tacoma. He’s worked in Tacoma and also spent some time with KBR in Afghanistan.

I’ve asked him to provide occasional slice-of-life pieces for us.

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