SAN DIEGO – When an Individual Augmentation requirement for support in the Global War on Terrorism reached USS Higgins (DDG 76) recently, Paterson, N.J., native Yeoman 2nd Class (SW) Steven Campbell volunteered for the job, and on Nov. 20 he left his ship to begin training for the rigors of life in Iraq.
“I didn’t hesitate [to volunteer],” said Campbell, the son of Douglas Veal and Mona Salim. “This is such a unique opportunity for a yeoman.”
Assigned to the Joint Service Task Force Legal Office at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Campbell will include managing the growing detainee database for the Criminal Court of Iraq. Campbell hopes that this 180-day tour will help to build new skills.
In preparation for Individual Augmentation billets, all service members complete a syllabus of courses ranging in subject from the “Code of Conduct” to an “Introduction to Arab Culture.”
“Not only are Individual Augmentation’s great for advancement,” said Campbell, “this is my one opportunity to serve over there to support my country’s war effort.”