Dupont, Wash. Contractor Killed In Iraq

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. - A Washington state man working for an Alabama-based military command was killed in Iraq this week by a homemade bomb, the Army said Friday.

Jerry Palinsky, 42, of Dupont, Wash., died when the vehicle in which he was riding was struck by an improvised explosive on May 3. Palinsky was employed as a security specialist by Cochise Consultancy Inc. of Tampa, Fla.

Two people were hurt by the explosion.

The military has not publicly identified a second contract worker killed in another attack on May 2.

The Huntsville-based Coalition Munitions Clearance Program is responsible for handling and destroying captured ammunition in Iraq.