In e-mailed diary entries provided by his
parents, Lalanne and Bill Barber
of Holt, the attorney says his
teaching can be summed up like this: "Strike legal, strike fast, strike to kill."
Generally, a U.S. soldier killing an enemy combatant in a firefight is a legal strike, JAG officials say.If the enemy stops firing and U.S. soldiers sweep the area, find them and kill them, that's considered illegal. Barber
, 40, arrived in January at the base northwest of Baghdad.He's
scheduled to leave in March.An Army reserve officer, he was a lawyer for the Drug Enforcement Administration before he volunteered for Iraq full time.He
wife live in Falls Church, Va.
In Iraq, Barber lives in what was once a huge, tiled shower a few feet away from one of Saddam Hussein's swimming pools. He
writes that he
sometimes rides on patrols outside the camp to understand what the soldiers are facing.He
says the troops do routine office work in full battle gear.Mortars are lobbed into the camp regularly.
, a 64-year-old pastor at Lansing's Grace Bible Church
, says there is duty and honor in what his
son is doing.