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Ti man first terrorism in Iraq

TICONDEROGA A Ticonderoga man is playing a role in Americas fight against terror. James Abare is a civilian Department of Defense employee now working in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq. I retired from the Navy in 2000 as a master chief intelligence specialist and have been serving as a Department of Defense civilian employee as part of the U.S. global war on terrorism since 2004, the Ti native said. As fate would have it, I now find myself working within the Headquarters, Multi-National Force - Iraq in Baghdad. Although a civilian, Abare will be in Iraq 179 days the same as military personnel. Abare is a 1975 graduate of Ticonderoga High School. His father, Richard Abare, lives in Chilson as does James wife, Laurie. There are a lot of federal civilian employees working around the world these days in concert with the U.S. military, but you dont hear much about it, Abare said. My actual duties are sensitive, but fall into the intelligence support arena. Abare is hesitant to discuss his work in Iraq. Security is drilled into our heads, especially with See IRAQ, page 10 the availability of personal information over the internet, he said. Anyone noted as working for an intelligence agency of any type can have its consequences. Its easy to trace background, employment history, family members, etc., and there are proven attempts to cause harm to those serving in this capacity. Its a scary world out there once you leave the relative safety and security of home. Anything can happen. Abare retired from Navy in 2000 and took a job with Inter-Lakes Health in Ti. After 9-11, I felt my skills and talents could be best utilized by making a contribution to the overall (war) effort, he said. My wife Laurie has a different view, however, and would much prefer that I come back home and settle in. After his work in Iraq, Abare plans to honor his wifes wishes. I will do that late next year at about this time, he said. I wanted to do my part for a good five years and then be able to draw a small retirement check from the federal government when I turn 62. Baghdads Green Zone is considered the most secure area in Iraq. It is the home to Iraqs fledgling government and military headquarters. The immediate area where I work in the Green Zone is locked down with contracted security personnel, Abare said. There is a huge number of armed security personnel from Peru and Uganda depending on which quadrant you are in. All the roads we travel on are walled on each side with a series of interlocking T-Walls, which are about 12 feet high and six feet wide. They are everywhere and provide positive control on all the routes. Just outside the Green Zone, and what you see and hear on CNN, the bad guys are always busy, he added. The soldiers and marines in conjunction with the Iraqi Army, make daily sweeps and clean up weapons caches, military ordnance used for IEDs, and, of course, the bad guys. Even though its somewhat quite, its a daily routine. Abare said he often hears gunfire and, occasionally, mortars and rockets are aimed at the Green Zone. I carry a 9MM pistol and M4 rifle everywhere I go, even to the PX or chow hall, he said. It seems a bit scary but that is just the way it is. Abare said he would like to hear from people at home. His mailing address is CLE, APO AE 09348 and his Email address is james.abare@iraq.centcom.mil

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