Navy Airman Electrician (AE3) Darin McCool, 20, of Madras is aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the Persian Gulf. This is McCool's second trip to the area, since he also served there during the operation in Afghanistan.
The 2000 MHS graduate entered the Navy in July of that year and is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.
Since becoming part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, McCool has been corresponding with his parents by e-mail and reading The Madras Pioneer's Web site. His parents are Mike and step-mom Nettie McCool of Madras, and Lorna McCool of Washington. Other local relatives include his brother Dennis McCool, and sisters, Chele Paye and Darla Bowden.