BAGHDAD - A native of Fox and graduate of Monument School, Jackie Moore has gone on to serve his country as a soldier in the Army - serving in Iraq.

He recently was featured in a report on KWTX.com, the website for a Texas CBS affiliate station. The article noted Moore's unusual way of coping with the stress and changes that come with deployment: He sings and dances from the turret of his vehicle.

He is noted for using his musical talents to sing to fellow soldiers through the internal communications system of his vehicle, and his abilities have become well known among his peers and superior officers.

Moore told an Army reporter that the activity helps him keep up morale through a 15-month deployment. He also hopes it keeps his peers alert, especially on long overnight patrols.

His message to others in the military: "Spend your time bettering yourself. We are here for a purpose; have fun, take care of yourself; keep positive."

Moore is married, and he and wife Christina have two children.

He is the son of Rob Moore of Athena and Dena Moore of Tri-Cities, Wash., and grandson of Jack and Katie Johns of Fox and Ray and Nellie Moore of the Dalles.

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