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02-12-2006, 08:57
Just want to see how many of us here on GT have been there.

Unit/TF: TF 47th CSH
Primary FOB: Diamondback/Merez Mosul, IQ
PMOS: 56M20
Years: 05-06
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Chicken Cordon Blue

Feel free to do what I've done or add to it. Out

02-12-2006, 11:05
Unit/TF: 3/29 FA
Primary FOB: Taji(FOB Gunner) and Summara(FOB Pacesetter)
Years: 03-04

02-12-2006, 11:07
Originally posted by 16vmkII

Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Chicken Cordon Blue

We didn't have D-fac's so my favorite meal was beef ravioli MRE.

Black Tiger
02-12-2006, 14:26
Unit: 88th MP CO./220th MP Bde.
Primary FOB: Camp Wolf/Champion, Kuwait; CSC Scania, Iraq
PMOS: 31B10
Position: Mk-19/M249 SAW Gunner
Year: 2003
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Whatever they cook up. (Anything's better than an MRE)

Spent most of my tour working the APOD in Kuwait, then got sent up the river to Iraq to run convoy escorts, patrols on MSR Tampa and Manning checkpoints.

02-12-2006, 17:09
Unit: Aco. 113th EN BN
Primary FOB: Camp Sykes, Tal 'Afar
PMOS: 21B30
Position: Engineer Squad Leader
Year: 2005
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Cordon Blue!

02-13-2006, 08:44
Unit/TF: A Trp 3/7 CAV, 3ID(M)
Primary FOB: Kuwait-Samawah-Karbala-Bagdad-Balad-Faluja
PMOS: 19D20
Years: Jan 2003-Aug 2003
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Whats DFAC ;e

02-14-2006, 01:27
Unit/TF: 2d BCT, 1 AD
Primary FOB: Green Zone, Baghdad (Now International Zone)
Years: 03-04
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: Streak

02-14-2006, 08:23
I'm there now (on my 10th months)

48th Infantry Bde. Georgia Army National Guard
FOB: Camp Stryker, FOB St. Michael, FOB St. Joseph, Camp Adder / Talil Air Base
Position: First 7 months - Gunner M1114
Now - Guntruck TC for convoy escort
Favorite DFAC Meal - None. I hate all the DFACS and I eat junk food sent from home unless I'm desperate.

02-14-2006, 12:11
2003-2004 Baghdad/Basra

02-14-2006, 12:32
Unit: 11 SIG BDE, 75th FA BDE (2003-2004) 22ND SIG BDE (NOW)

PMOS: 25Q20

CAMP/FOB: Udairi, Talil, Slayer, and Wolf-Champion-Wolverine (2003)
Victory (NOW)

02-15-2006, 22:56
TF 1-69
Taji & Baghdad

02-16-2006, 18:30
Originally posted by Nicolai

Favorite DFAC Meal - None. I hate all the DFACS and I eat junk food sent from home unless I'm desperate.

I hate them too! I used to eat at the Turkish restaraunt whenever I could, but FPOC (the fags that they are) shut down the TCN shops, etc. :soap:

...on a side note, AAFES now has a bunch more shops.:(

02-17-2006, 09:54
Unit: A Co 1/152 IN 76th SIB
Location: Camp Doha, Kuwait, Talill, H-5 Prince Hassan Airbase, Jordan, Camp Wolf, Kuwait, FOB Kalsu
Position: XO
Date: Feb03-Feb04
Favorite Meal: cold Whoppers bought back from BIAP when the Burger King first opened

Black Tiger
02-17-2006, 20:11
Glad to have you aboard, sir. ;?

02-17-2006, 22:25
56 BCT 36ID
Tallil AirBase

Primary MOS: Whatever Civil affairs is......thats not really my MOS but thats what I did there.

Year: 2005

You aint kiddin' about that Chicken Cordon Blue either man, that stuff rocks, I always tried to eat 2! LOL


16vmkII....mista mista give me pencil give me pencil, give me sunglasses! sound familiar!? LOL

02-19-2006, 01:16
Unit/TF: TF 2/11 Co C 1/155 IN MSARNG
Primary FOB: FOB Kalsu and FOB Iskandariyah
Years: 05-06 OIF III
Favorite KBR D-Fac Meal: FOB Iskandariyah - "KBR?" FOB Kalsu - tacos and a silver ice cream cone

02-20-2006, 01:47
First Trip:
Time: JUN 03 - APR 04
FOB: FOB Gunner (AKA Camp Cooke, AKA Camp Taji)
Unit: TF Gunner (4ID DIVARTY)

Second Trip:
Time: DEC 05 - Present (probably be here until NOV 06)
FOB: Currently FOB Taji (Right back at home)
Unit: 4-42 Field Artillery

Third Trip:
Hopefully not!!

02-20-2006, 13:39
Was at Camp Taji Iraq. Spent a little time in Bagdads Green Zone.
MOS is 63B with a H8 Identifier.

favorite d-fac meal was holiday chow.

hi speed
02-20-2006, 13:43
FOB Omaha, Tikrit Iraq, 08/03-03/04, 299 EN BN 1st BGD 4ID(M) MOS 63AK4

02-20-2006, 13:50
Task Force Trailblazer: OIF2 - FEB 2004 - FEB 2005
141st Combat Engineer, Light
North Dakota ARNG - Attached to 1st Infantry Division - we wrote the book on finding IED's.
4 KIA - 25 WIA

BN was spread out on Trailblazer missions from Tikrit to Baquba and everywhere in-between (Samarrah).

FOB Speicher
FOB Warhorse
FOB O'Ryan
FOB Summerall
FOB Brassfield Mora
LSA Anaconda
FOB Duke
Camp Cooke (FOB Taji)
LSA Seitz
FOB Scania
FOB Roughrider
FOB Dagger
FOB Danger

I miss it from time to time....

My team got to see most of Iraq with missions (outside of trailblazing) ranging from Mosul to Ah Najaf to south of Falluja to within 500 meters of Iran to Kuwait and back on security detail.

Favorite MRE on the road was anything with the chocolate shake.

Favorite DFAC meal - holiday meals. KBR did a great job supporting us IMO.

02-20-2006, 13:58
ah..the memories:

02-20-2006, 14:00
not rolex...but a 'ridlex' (RDLEX) :)

02-20-2006, 14:04
long trip

02-20-2006, 14:06
...on edge....

02-20-2006, 14:07
passing in the middle of nowhere

02-20-2006, 14:13
...destroying shells we captured

02-20-2006, 14:19
...another day, another IED

02-20-2006, 14:21
Here's a picture of our old truck. Sadly hit number 107 (ish) finally sent her to a better place.

02-20-2006, 14:24

When were closing out OIF2, we finally got the Buffalo. My BN had 3 of 11 in inventory at the time.

They are a massive improvement over our 5 tons with wood/sheet steel/sandbag armor.

I see you guys were south of our main AO. I heard our replacement unit, the 467 out of TN had one get destroyed by an advanced IED.

02-20-2006, 14:27
--daddybag airport

02-20-2006, 14:28
another long trip - interesting site of archeological significance

02-20-2006, 14:50

02-20-2006, 15:20
‘Truth on the Ground’ Op-Ed And Control of the US Military
January 1, 2006

by Joseph P. Tartaro
Executive Editor

When this nation was formed, the Founding Fathers were so fearful of the power of standing armies and military authority that they strove to insure that the civilian political authority would have supremacy over the professional military. That was one of the reasons why the Second Amendment to the Constitution was adopted, as a safeguard against a military tyranny at some future date.

The authority of the president over the most famous and popular military leader of the time was put to the test during the Korean War when President Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur as Far East Commander for contradicting political policy.

However, from the early 1950s to the present time, American society has changed. The front-page news moved into American living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and toilets in the 1960s and ’70s and a different kind of journalism supplanted that of Edward R. Morrow, currently enshrined in the movie “Good Night and Good Luck.” Advocacy journalism took hold and politicians learned that arguments over the conduct of war made good political catfights.

In the America thus changed, media and politicians assumed a role never envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Thus, we have molded public opinion as the supreme arbiter of military policy. It actually started during the Korean War, grew rampant during the Vietnam conflict and has bloomed in full during the current Iraq War.

Thus, it is not surprising that a professional military man, like Maj. Ben Connable USMC, would pen the op-ed column which I quote verbatim below. It is not so surprising that it was published in The Washington Post on Dec. 14, 2005. It would have been stunning if it had gained space in The New York Times or its left coast namesake. But it is a worthwhile commentary entitled “The Truth On The Ground.” Connable comments as published follow:

“When I told people that I was getting ready to head back to Iraq for my third tour, the usual response was a frown, a somber head shake and even the occasional ‘I’m sorry.’ When I told them that I was glad to be going back, the response was awkward disbelief, a fake smile and a change of subject. The common wisdom seems to be that Iraq is an unwinnable war and a quagmire and that the only thing left to decide is how quickly we withdraw. Depending on which poll you believe, about 60% of Americans think it’s time to pull out of Iraq.

“How is it, then, that 64% of US military officers think we will succeed if we are allowed to continue our work? Why is there such a dramatic divergence between American public opinion and the upbeat assessment of the men and women doing the fighting?

“Open optimism, whether or not it is warranted, is a necessary trait in senior officers and officials. Skeptics can be excused for discounting glowing reports on Iraq from the upper echelons of power. But it is not a simple thing to ignore genuine optimism from mid-grade, junior and noncommissioned officers who have spent much of the past three years in Iraq.

“We know the streets, the people and the insurgents far better than any armchair academic or talking head. As military professionals, we are trained to gauge the chances of success and failure, to calculate risk and reward. We have little to gain from our optimism and quite a bit to lose as we leave our families over and over again to face danger and deprivation for an increasingly unpopular cause. We know that there are no guarantees in war, and that we may well fail in the long run. We also know that if we follow our current plan we can, over time, leave behind a stable and unified country that might help to anchor a better future for the

Middle East.
“It is difficult for most Americans to rationalize this optimism in the face of the horrific images and depressing stories that have come to symbolize the war in Iraq. Most of the violent news is true; the death and destruction are very real. But experienced military officers know that the horror stories, however dramatic, do not represent the broader conditions there or the chances for future success. For every vividly portrayed suicide bombing, there are hundreds of thousands of people living quiet, if often uncertain, lives. For every depressing story of unrest and instability there is an untold story of potential and hope. The impression of Iraq as an unfathomable quagmire is false and dangerously misleading.

“It is this false impression that has led us to a moment of national truth. The proponents of the quagmire vision argue that the very presence of US troops in Iraq is the cause of the insurgency and that our withdrawal would give the Iraqis their only true chance for stability. Most military officers and NCOs with ground experience in Iraq know that this vision is patently false. Although the presence of US forces certainly inflames sentiment and provides the insurgents with targets, the anti-coalition insurgency is mostly a symptom of the underlying conditions in Iraq. It may seem paradoxical, but only our presence can buffer the violence enough to allow for eventual stability.

“The precipitous withdrawal of US troops would almost certainly lead to a violent and destabilizing civil war. The Iraqi military is not ready to assume control and would not miraculously achieve competence in our absence. As we left, the insurgency would turn into internecine violence, and Iraq would collapse into a true failed state. The fires of the Iraqi civil war would spread, and terrorists would find a new safe haven from which to launch attacks against our homeland.

“Anyone who has spent even a day in the Middle East should know that the Arab street would not thank us for abandoning Iraq. The blame for civil war would fall squarely on our shoulders. It is unlikely that the tentative experiments in democracy we have seen in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere would survive the fallout. There would be no dividend of goodwill from heartbroken intellectuals or emboldened Islamic extremists. American troops might be home in the short run, but the experienced professionals know that in the long run, quitting Iraq would mean more deployments, more desperate battles and more death.

“Sixty-four percent of us know that we have a good shot at preventing this outcome if we are allowed to continue our mission. We quietly hope that common sense will return to the dialogue on Iraq. Although we hate leaving our families behind, many of us would rather go back to Iraq a hundred times than abandon the Iraqi people.

“A fellow Marine and close friend epitomizes this sentiment. Sean has served two tours in Iraq as a reserve officer. During his last tour, he was informed of the birth of his baby girl by e-mail, learned his father was dying of cancer, and was wounded in the same blast of an improvised explosive that killed his first sergeant on a dirt road in the middle of the western desert. Sean loves his family and his job, but he has made it clear that he would rather go back to Iraq than see us withdraw.

“Everyone in uniform does not share this sentiment. Thirty-six percent of military officers are less confident in the mission. But these officers will continue to work as hard as the rest of us toward success because they, too, are professionals. With men and women such as this, the United States has an excellent chance of success in Iraq. We can fail only if the false imagery of quagmire takes hold and our national political will is broken. In that event, both the Iraqi people and the American troops will pay a long-term price for our shortsighted delusion.”

02-21-2006, 13:17
D 1/207 AVN

Fob Sykes


02-21-2006, 14:08
Hey NDglock some of those pictures looked awfully familiar. were you in Taji and Summarra? We were replaced by 1st ID when we left I was 4th ID. The day you guys replaced us the Iraqis threw you a welcome to Iraq mortar party. Everone in 1st ID freaked out and we just put on a kevlar and went about our business. It was pretty funny. The picture "on edge" looks like the city of Summarra and the picture of "passing in the middle of nowhere" looks like the entrance to FOB Pacesetter in Summarra as well.

02-21-2006, 20:33
Hey Coastie,

We operated around Samarrah the entire year. The infamous "south Samarrah bypass" always had something going on.

The particular pics you mentioned were actually taken south of Falluja.

Funny the 1st ID folks reacted that way....our replacements (gay pride division (42nd ID)) did the same thing. I think the newbies are always jittery.

02-23-2006, 23:21
Originally posted by Nicolai
I'm there now (on my 10th months)

48th Infantry Bde. Georgia Army National Guard
FOB: Camp Stryker, FOB St. Michael, FOB St. Joseph, Camp Adder / Talil Air Base
Position: First 7 months - Gunner M1114
Now - Guntruck TC for convoy escort
Favorite DFAC Meal - None. I hate all the DFACS and I eat junk food sent from home unless I'm desperate.
Hey, me too! Well mostly. I never went to Stryker or Adder, and I've only passed through Tallil and St. Michael. By the way, FOB St. Joseph was the old Schoolhouse FOB that was shut down. The Potato Factory was named FOB Richardson.

19K - tank loader for first half, now humvee gunner

02-24-2006, 03:10
Unit: HHC 203rd MI BN out of Aberdeen, MD
Primary AO: Talil Airbase & BIAP
PMOS: 54B (Chemical Operations Specialist) It is now 72D
Years: 2003 OIF

What an ugly place.

Hot too!!!!!

Black Tiger
02-24-2006, 03:54

The "Surfing Pigs", Circa 2003 (I'm th guy with the green sleep shirt).


Foot patrol in Al-Dywaniyah, Circa 2003.


Manning the radios at the relay in Kisch, circa 2003.

02-26-2006, 04:48
I was there 2003-2004, 2004-2005 with the 82nd Airborne Division, spent most the time in a Company Sized Compound, in the middle of Bahgdad, along the side of Highway 8.

Deyployment #2 was for the elections, did static security in the Green Zone, and pushed out down Hifia Street, and secured polling sites as well.

I was with 3/325 AIR, which is now 2/508th

Cavalry Doc
02-26-2006, 15:02
FOB: Liberty
OIF II, 2004-5

3/8 Cav, 1CD
Udari Range
Intrinsic Action, 1996

475th MASH
attached to 1CD
Desert Shield/Storm

I just can't stay away from black horses and sand.


02-26-2006, 21:13
Thanks to all of our soldiers especially those in the desert. My son did 2 trips in the desert. The first time over he did not say where he was. Second trip was at the Green Zone. His PMOS 13F. Again, thanks for the tremendous effort.

{TEX}Hawaii 5-0
03-15-2006, 18:34
East Baghdad

03-20-2006, 10:55
won't say unit, but yeah....been there.
Mos=152H best job in the world

03-20-2006, 22:04
Unit: Changed every few months.
Location: Now called camp Ashraf, the safest base in Iraq, if you know where it is.
JOB: Ride the streets of Iraq in a M1114.
Favorite Place: Driving in Baghdad looking for a nice base to eat at.
Worst Place: Faluja clearing the streets for the Marines to go in.
Favorite toy: Testing the M1114 CROW system in Sauder City and Faluja.

hi speed
03-20-2006, 22:23

A young Iraqi chic giving the universal love sign;z


Anybody remember the feeling going across this border? Good Times!

03-21-2006, 05:30
I've got some pics of some little wankers trying to hit our bird with rocks...I'll see if I can find them and post them.

04-01-2006, 04:50
TF Iron Horse
4th ID
1 PLT, A CO, 5th EN BN
OPCON'd to 1-10 CAV
MAR 2003-APR 2004


04-15-2006, 15:59
OIF3 Jan 05 to Jan 06
Baghdad (Victory South) Fobbit Central
hung around Mosul(with 1/25) and Talafar(with 3ACR) for a few days though.

You can't beat the KBR Chicken Cordon Blue.
How about breakfast. Me "I want some bacon(holds up 3 fingers). Them "bacon"(puts about 12 pieces on my plate). No complaints with that I guess.

04-18-2006, 19:59
I'm almost embarassed to admit that I was an augmentee to:


at Camp Arifjan - 12 JAN 03 - 10 OCT 03...

04-23-2006, 05:55
Originally posted by feetpiece
I'm almost embarassed to admit that I was an augmentee to:


at Camp Arifjan - 12 JAN 03 - 10 OCT 03...

Frickin' CFLCC...it's like the Gestapo :)

04-23-2006, 22:47
OIF-I TF Falcon Feb 03 to Dec 03


04-25-2006, 16:00
OIF I 2003-2004
64th FSB / 3 BCT / 4th ID
Samarra, Tuz, Kirkuk, Balad (mostly Balad)
most of the year at LSA Anaconda; the first half of the year living "tactically" where no FOB had been established
Platoon Leader in B Co, then battalion assistant S3, then S3

05-25-2006, 03:58
I too cant seam to get away from the Desert. Headed back for my 4th trip. Been a Medic for the last 17 years and loving it.

A/28th Combat Support Hospital
Coming up in a few months

HHC 44th Medical Command
Green Zone

274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne)
Attached to 2nd BDE 82D Airborne Division

475th MASH
attached to 1CD
Desert Shield/Storm

05-25-2006, 08:25
Originally posted by mac266
OIF I 2003-2004
64th FSB / 3 BCT / 4th ID
Samarra, Tuz, Kirkuk, Balad (mostly Balad)
most of the year at LSA Anaconda; the first half of the year living "tactically" where no FOB had been established
Platoon Leader in B Co, then battalion assistant S3, then S3

I used to hang out with a bunch of guys in 64th FSB most of them were petro guys. It's been so long that I can't remember any names. One of the guys used to have the nickname "snugglebear" That's all I can remember when it comes to names. It really is a shame how bad my memory sucks.

05-27-2006, 04:05
660 TC
LSA Anaconda
convoy security
favorite meal: omlettes (we drove at night arrived early in the morning)