Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Stymied by Sand: Staff writer Gordon Lubold was reminded again of difficulties of reporting a simple story when working in Iraq. Gordon was traveling with a Marine general who stopped at a US training base in Habbiniyah, Iraq. It was there that he met Marine Gunner Terry Walker. "He showed me around the base, and I realized I could tell the story about training Iraqi security forces through him," says Gordon.

Gunner Walker's position as a warrant officer - a hybrid rank between enlisted soldier and officer - is one that Gordon says offers a unique perspective. "Most of these guys have a candor not seen in other ranks," he says. Also, Walker is "short" - that is, about to finish his military service - so he wasn't worried about another promotion.

But Gordon couldn't get back to interview Walker. Unseasonably strong sandstorms grounded most operations in that part of Anbar Province. He finally got back to the base but was only able to spend a day with Walker . …

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