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11/13/02

South Mississippi Man Hired As Iraqi Weapons Inspector

65 year old Tom McCormick must get six shots and a physical. It's among a list of things he must do, before he leaves his family behind and heads to Iraq. Tom McCormick said "I was happy when I got the news. I've been wanting to do this. I think I'm qualified to do this".

He will spend at least three months touring Iraqi sites. His focus is on missiles. McCormick said "You go over and look for to see if there are missiles that they're not supposed to have. All this is laid out in the U.N. resolutions".

McCormick considers this mission a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. He served 24 years in the Air Force designing, deploying and maintaining the missile system. When he retired from the military, McCormick worked on the Patriot Missile in Huntsville, Alabama and an engine testing program at Stennis Space Center. Recently, he spent five weeks in Geneva, Switzerland, training for his assignment in Iraq.

His wife Sally McCormick said "I think he's been preparing all his life for this. This is kind of a crowning effort to what he's been training to do and I'm excited for him".

Tom McCormick said "I've always want to make the world a better place to live in. That's what we all should be doing here, and this is one way to do it".

Colonel McCormick doesn't know what to expect when he arrives in Iraq, but he's not afraid. McCormick said "I have my life in order, and I believe in my God. Whatever happens, I'm not worried about it".

Colonel McCormick plans to leave for Iraq as early as December first. He is very committed to helping people in other ways. McCormick is the director of the Hancock County Food Pantry and he volunteers for medical missions in Honduras.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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