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Category: Letters from afar

Oct.
17th

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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