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The Usual Same Ol' Same Ol' - Pictures From Iraq  
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

The other thread was more of me just talking out loud about what I think is going on here in Iraq in general.

Here's a quick update about me... with of course... some pics.

Anyone else a fan of "mudding?" It's when you take your vehicle and actively search out mud for the sole intent of driving through it. Personally, I love it. When I bought my truck a few years back, I had "mudding ability" as a top deciding factor. Guess what? There is mudding even in Iraq!:


This is my truck after a healthy dose of mudding:


Don't you hate Wednesdays? Mondays are ok, because you're rested and you're looking forward to your job (if you happen to like your job!) Fridays rock because you've put in an entire week's worth of work and now you're ready to relax over the weekend. But Wednesday - "hump day" - sucks. And that's where I am at in my deployment - the hump. When I first got here I was excited and ready to get dirty. And in six months I will be all excited about going home. But right now I am in the middle. Can't get excited about being here. Can't get excited about going home.

And now that the excitement is starting to wear-off, I find myself thinking more and more about home.

Like speaking about mudding, I miss going out with my buddies on our 4-wheelers:


Who here has a motorcycle? Lately I've been missing driving around on my bike with my wife on the back holding on to me. My bike:


I miss hanging out with my little brother (he was an "ohhh shit... we got pregnant" baby). I'm gonna miss his second season of little league football. The kid is tough as nails:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Random/brother.jpg

I miss hunting. Iraq has no good animals to hunt. We chased a lizard around the DFAC - but it's not the same as hunting the buck you've been watching all summer long:


Strangely - I even miss Fort Campbell. You don't realize how nice a base can be, until you go some no-name FOB where you have to wear your Kevlar helmet everytime you step out. I miss the daily drive to the base and going through the gate and seeing this:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Random/fortcampbell.jpg
...I am referring to the sign... but I also miss what's in the mirror: my wife's ta-tas  bigthumbsup  Smile

You know what else I miss? And this is going to sound strange... but I miss people who don't smell nasty. F-ed up, I know... but seriously, we brought these supplies out to a bunch of tankers, and after we shut down and they got out of their tank, they freakin' stunk. They said they hadn't showered in 8 days. And the sad thing - I've done it too. Sometimes showers are luxuries out here. I can't wait for a nice hot shower back home. Here is one of those tanks that came out to meet us:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/196.jpg

OH MY GOD! An unmarked aircraft flying in and out of Iraq!! It must be one of those conspiracy aircraft shuttling prisoners out to secret CIA torture camps! Stop them! (no seriously folks, it's just the mail. Put those tinfoil hats away):
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/197.jpg

Changing out the #2 engine:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/340.jpg

Checking out the hydraulics and flight controls:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/387.jpg

Totally off topic, but this was in my email box from my friend:


I'm right behind you:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/409.jpg

Check this freakin' photo out. It looks unreal. Remember Star Trek II, when in the beginning they go down to that planet and find Khaan? Doesn't this look like the planet in the movie? Freaky:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/426.jpg

This kid is showing us his guns:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/479.jpg

I think I'm saying, "What the hell are you doing waking me up? And why are you taking a picture?" Apparently I am not a nice person to be around when I wake up!
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/481.jpg

Ok, time for some self gloss... damn right I'm sexy (well... even with the black box over my face!)
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/478.jpg

Here's another pic taken by my crew chief as we are looking at 'lead.' We were ship 2 of 3:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/487.jpg

Here 'lead' is again:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/491.jpg

Our shadow:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/490.jpg

This is for you John. We miss you and always remember to keep the rotor side up and the dirty side down.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/202.jpg


Anyway, sorry for these photos being a little more "boring" than previous posts. Hope you enjoyed non-the-less.

-UH60

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):

Totally off topic, but this was in my email box from my friend:

That is such a moving picture. Really makes you think..


As for the other pics, great stuff. Keep em coming and keep you head down and come home soon.

Cadet57



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

It's just good to hear that you're still safe and well. None of us can imagine what your life must be like right now, so what you may consider 'boring', we consider fascinating.

Fly right and stay safe.

Kelly



'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):

Totally off topic, but this was in my email box from my friend:

That is such a moving picture. Really makes you think..

Unfortunately, too many people in this country have lost respect for it . . .

Great pictures UH-60!!!

Yeah, tankers stink when they've been motoring about the desert without a shower like those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard.  sarcastic .

Hang tough, you're on the downhill slide . . .

Press ther Fight.


User currently offlineMigFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Great pics!!!

Be safe

/M


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Unfortunately, too many people in this country have lost respect for it . . .

Indeed. But here is one who does stand.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
ke those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard.   .

Ahem...  Wink


Signed,

A re enlisted AFROTC cadet

PS I know what you are talking about pep. But im going to become either a mech or an MP if i decide to enlist.



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):
But here is one who does stand.

I'm not even an American, and I stand. It's a mark of respect for the men and women who fight and die for their country. I stand for ALL national anthems as well. It pisses me off something rotten when I see people who will not even stand for their own anthem.



'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
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Thanks for the pics.

Keep safe, and I look forward to the next batch.

Kev.



The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
like those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard.

OUCH!!  airplane 


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

UH60FtRucker,

Excellent thread. Really enjoy your pics.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
It must be one of those conspiracy aircraft

O M F G !!! I knew thats what it looked like!




Good luck on the remainder of your tour of duty.


User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Yeah, tankers stink when they've been motoring about the desert without a shower like those panty-waist Air Farce fuckers . . . you know the type - if the Remote Control for the TV doesn't work, the quarters are substandard.

LMAO! That was a good one, pep.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineHandcuffs From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

UH60,
Thanks for all of your sacrifices, and may God bless you and your family. Give 'em hell over there. Thanks buddy.
HC



Freedom isn't free...peace isn't pretty!!!
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5700 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Hey Buddy--

Fantastic report and pictures. Keep on the good fight as many others say, i enjoyed your pictures.

Hope all is well with your family and you.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineTERRA From Iraq, joined Aug 1999, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Nice one fella, you've been in the sandpit for a while now so guess you must be counting down the days?

I am in BIAP as the moment and i can smell the water wagon sucking the cr*p out of a thunder box next door as i write this. Ahhh i love the smell of sh*t in the morning (never mind napalm) and in August it is pretty special. Sadly a picture wouldn't do it justice and i had been out of Iraq long enough to forget what the smell was like. It's all coming back to me now!  vomit 

Anyway, i am travelling around each base in IQ for a while and will be arriving on a flightline near you in just a couple of days.  thumbsup 

Howz about a A.netters meet in Iraq? could be a first? Send me a PM if you're going to be around. I will be getting off the conspiracy plane!!!  wink 


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Thanks again guy, too bad you are already married or I'd be using this thread to hook you up with my wife  Wink

Ted


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

As always...great pics and stay safe over there. Hooah!

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Strangely - I even miss Fort Campbell.

It's official...you've been there too long. That or you've gone insane. Missing Ft. Campbell...now that's just wrong.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Who here has a motorcycle?

I do... Here's a pic of my old R6.. it was a 2004... is yours an 04?

Big version: Width: 1632 Height: 1232 File size: 433kb
On my R6 infont of the garage!


I traded my R6 in for a 2006 GSXR 600...

Stay safe UH...

-Zaki


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Good report UH60. Keep 'em coming, mate.

Although not so many hairy chests next time huh? Big grin

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 17):
Although not so many hairy chests next time huh?

HEY!!! Some of us may actually enjoy them!!!!
Don't pay any attention to Skidmarks, UH60.....



'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Check this freakin' photo out. It looks unreal. Remember Star Trek II, when in the beginning they go down to that planet and find Khaan? Doesn't this look like the planet in the movie? Freaky:

But Keptin, this is the garden area of Seti Alpha VI!

Like ANC said, you're on the downward slide. Keep your head down & stay safe.



Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Great pics and narrative, thanks for the update. You are doing a fantastic job and it is greatly appreciated. How hard do you have to work to get a hummer stuck or is it the additional weight that did it in? Having lived in Ashland City for a year I agree, Clarksville and the Ft. Campbell area along with the land between the lakes is a beautiful area of the country. When you get back maybe I'll take a ride up that way and give you a run for your money!



Continued good luck and remember Airborne leads the way!


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9533 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
sorry for these photos being a little more "boring" than previous posts.

Boring to someone who sees such things every day, maybe.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Hope you enjoyed non-the-less.

 checkmark 

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
An unmarked aircraft flying in and out of Iraq!! It must be one of those conspiracy aircraft shuttling prisoners out to secret CIA torture camps! Stop them!

 biggrin 


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Always thank you for everything.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 14):
Thanks again guy, too bad you are already married or I'd be using this thread to hook you up with my wife

Have you seen pictures of his wife?? She is a keeper.


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1790 times:

Is that Humvee stuck in the mud? I thought a humvee could go anywhere without getting stuck.


Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4514 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 1780 times:

Just wanted to say thank you for posting. I totally identify with your analogy of the hump in the week and the hump in (what is in your case) the tour of duty. You're a good man doing an honest job and I hope that you'll be home safely to your wife and friends soon.

Warm regards from Dubai.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
25 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : Ouch. I've said it before - but with the USAF on one side of Balad Airbase and the USArmy on the other - walking between the two is like night and da
26 Traindriver : UH60, Thanks for sharing with us, I look forward to your posts and pictures. Fly safe and thanks for your service.
27 L-188 : You said it!!!!!! I am still pissed 10 years later that the Air Force WX detachment for our unit got extra money for living in the same barracks. Any
28 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Wait until Puberty kicks in - it'll be a bitch
29 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : ... Shit, if I haven't hit puberty yet, then when I finally do... I'm gonna have to learn how to deal with my third leg not hitting me in the knees a
30 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Well played . . . indeed.
31 Post contains images Cadet57 : UH60-1 ANC-0
32 NeilYYZ : Great post Rucker. You are all doing a kick ass job over there, I can't imagine how hard it is, but I admire each one of you for your dedication and t
33 Post contains images BHMNONREV : All right Chief, take it easy on the Blue Suiters. And why should they get dirty, we got the Army to do that!! Next time you get down to Tallil, let
34 Post contains images Eaglekeeper101 : Nooooo - I can get up and change the channel manually with the best of them. I start complaining when our satellite TV in the desert has only 225 cha
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