Lincoln Company Awarded Iraq Contract

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Among those heading to Iraq soon is a 45-year-old father of two.

But 23-year retired Air Force veteran Bill Johnson isn't being mobilized for service.

In mid-June he will head to the Middle East country as a consultant for ASW Associates, a Lincoln environmental testing firm.

ASW President Marshall Prichard says the firm is excited about the business opportunity in Iraq as well as the chance to help the Iraqi people.

He says the firm plans to hire 15 people to oversee construction of military facilities and other buildings in Iraq.

However, Prichard says it hasn't been easy getting people to commit to such a job. He says he had two applicants ask to have their names withdrawn after the Iraqi insurgents began killing private security and reconstruction contractors in April.