Air Force Senior Airman James W. Baker has deployed to Iraq to serve in support of Operation New Dawn, the formerly named Operation Iraqi Freedom. This transition signifies a formal end to U.S. military combat operations in Iraq.
Operation New Dawn shifts the U.S. emphasis from predominantly military to predominately civilian as the U.S. officials assist Iraqis in accordance with the Strategic Framework Agreement.
The three primary missions of U.S. Forces include advising, assisting, and training the Iraqi Security Forces; conducting partnered counterterrorism operations; and providing support to provincial reconstruction teams and civilian partners as they help build Iraq's civil capacity.
Baker is a water fuels maintenance journeyman assigned to the 633rd Air Base Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The senior airman has served in the military for three years.
He is the son of Berthann Baker, and grandson of Garnett Parks, both of Patton Road, Jerusalem, Ohio.
Baker graduated in 2005 from Monroe Central, Woodsfield, Ohio, and received an associate of arts degree in 2008 from Belmont Tech College, St. Clairsville, Ohio.