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Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:54 pm

Greetings everyone.

First, sorry if this is more appropriate for "Trip Reports" and not "Non-Av."

Second, sorry about all of my spelling/grammar errors in that IM, ANC posted from me. I was writing it on the go, and didn't have time to reread it. My internet time is limited... hell my FREE TIME is very limited! And what time I do get, I spend emailing my wife. But today I've got about 20 minutes, so I will fill in the blanks left by that brief IM. Also, it seems like we all got cameras over here, so I'll try and share some pictures.

Here is our last view of the Fort Campbell gate as we shipped out:

We flew to Kuwait and went to Camp Doha. Our birds were shipped over on a ship prior to us leaving the states. The trip took roughly 30 days. When we got there, they were ready to prep, assemble and fly. While most of the unit proceeded on to Iraq, we flew our helicopters north into Iraq with destination: Camp Anaconda, Balad.

Here are two pictures of the long, but very interesting flight north:

Camp Doha was incredible and so is Camp Anaconda. A great facility and it has anything we practically need or want. The housing units are clean, air conditioned, and suprisingly spacious. Here is my unit when I first arrived:

We took a flight around the area of operations and we were shown all of the check points, major land marks, hazard areas, etc, etc... Here is the city below us at 130kts:

On a side note** On day 3 we were flying south over Baghdad and we were fired upon by at least* two RPGs. I say "at least" because they say you only see 1/4 of all rounds fired at you. You're flying along - fat, dumb and happy, and you see this white smoke trail snaking up from the ground. And your first thought is one of disbelief. Like, "I can't believe they're shooting at us." And you almost want to explain it away, pretend like it's nothing serious or anything to worry about. All of that in the first second or two. Then the training kicks in and you immediately go into evasive action. A second round was fired - but both were poor shots and far enough away not to pose a serious threat. However, this did not matter and our Apache escorts, who were itching for action, moved in.

The weather is good. Warm, but not insanely hot. The nights get cold as all the heat escapes the sand. The constant overflying helicopters kick up quite a bit of sand and dust. The sand is EVERYWHERE. It gets into your clothes, your aircraft, your food, EVERYTHING.
Have you ever seen so many flying school buses??

Now here is something beautiful. My bird:

Here is me:

Ok, again, time is short. So I need to run. Thanks for all the words of encouragement. I post occassionally with some good pictures. Hope all is well.

Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:02 pm

Glad you're hanging in . . . that third picture gives me goose bumps.

Head Down, Powder Dry! Remember, the big part that goes round and round is supposed to be up  crazy  wink 

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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:03 pm

Thanks for the update UH60. I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks for everything you're doing. Be safe and keep making us proud!


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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:05 pm

Keep the blue side up and the sand out of your goggles.

Best wishes from all of us Stateside!
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:40 pm

You're a good American.

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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:48 pm


thanks for sharing UH. be careful out there.

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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:33 pm

The best trip report I've ever read here.

Keep sending the good word. Keep alert, maintain your situational awareness and remember.... Mr. Murphy isn't just the motorpool maintenance chief.

Call for whatever you need.

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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:53 pm

Hey UH, that's a totally interesting TR. Stay safe and cool, and take care!!
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:55 pm

UH60, thanks for sharing you pictures.
Be safe!
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:03 pm

Just stay away from the camel spiders ok?
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:56 pm

Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
Just stay away from the camel spiders ok?

I guess the spiders can take care of themselves, but nice of you to be concerned...!  mischievous 

UH60, good to hear all is well. Take care and good luck to you all!
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:02 am

Don't worry about the camel spiders, they squash easily and the bites only make large blisters!!!

Never mind the spiders living in Anaconda you'll get used to incoming and code reds. Keep your kevlar with you............

Also enjoy the views flying around Baghdad and Balad. I used to fly as pax on the regular Griffen flights between Victory (Camp Liberty now!) and Balad. Nice flights and i much prefer it to going by road which i used to do on a regular basis.


PS Let me know by pm if you need hooking up with anything. Ask no questions i'll tell you no lies if you know what i mean?!  drunk 
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RE: Iraq Trip Report

Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:12 am

Good luck, and THANKS so much for your commitment and service to ensure the safety our country and our world!

Be safe! We're all praying for you!
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