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Richland Man Helps U.S. Intelligence

RICHLAND, Wash. - Soldiers fighting the War on Terror require special intelligence training. The country wants to expand its abilities to gather military intelligence, and one Richland man has been helping out.

The Federal Government wants to bulk up soldiers capabilities to collect accurate intell on our country's enemies. It needs leaders with experience to help train soldiers waiting to fight and one Richland city worker has just what the nation needs.

Steve Stairs is an engineer for the City of Richland Public Works Department, but Steve hasn't opened up a set of city plans in two years.

Since November 2004, Steve has overlooked the day to day operations at the Army's key intelligence training camp.

Intell soldiers waiting to deploy to Iraq, first receive training under the program Steve helps administrate. He said soliders need to learn a lot before they're ready for duty.

"They have to be technically proficient, but they're also soldiers so they have to know how to do these combat skills," said Steve Stairs, Richland Civil Engineer.   

Stairs said intell soldiers and interrogators need combat skills to gather information where the army needs it most.

"Interrogators will often be needed up front when somebody is come across in a building or something to gather that intelligence information," said Stairs.   

But Stairs said soldiers must also learn how to discern when their source is telling the truth.

"Does this fit the standard ways of operating for this or whomever the enemy is at this particular location?" said Stairs. 

It's this training stairs said will make the difference in the War on Terror.