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11-28-2007 08:11 PM  10 years agoPost 41
GimbalFan (RIP)

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saying "holly schnoykies"!
Who the hell is Holly Schnoykies, and what was she doing hanging out in Iraq next to a blowed-up truck?

Uh... is she hot?

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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11-28-2007 08:15 PM  10 years agoPost 42
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ok gimbal...

"holly sh1t"

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11-28-2007 08:21 PM  10 years agoPost 43
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These are photos of a truck that hit head on with a Iraqi Civilian SUV. It looked to be a Toyota Highlander Type maybe a Sequoia(sp).

The pics of the toyota are too greusome to put on RR, MR would not stand for them. Lets just say the cab of the Army truck continued to move forward into the toyota all the way to the back seat...

the driver and passenger were likely killed instantly.

This is a photo of a Medevac chopper saving a soldiers life!

FOb Speicher had the dubious distinction of being the point where all dead soldiers' bodies killed in Northern Iraq were collected and evac'd to stateside from. The morgue there was heavily barricaded and no one except morgue personell were allowed anywhere near it. We heard they conducted their business during the night so exposure to other live soldiers was minimal. the morgue personell also had to clean body parts from the blown up trucks such as the PLS truck that hit an anti-tank mine above. They told us when they were done with that truck that there wasnt much left in it to clean up...

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11-28-2007 08:30 PM  10 years agoPost 44
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FOb Speicher
Been there. Done that. I'll post some pics from my iraq experience later.

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11-28-2007 08:32 PM  10 years agoPost 45
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Definitely, this thread isn't just for my Iraq pics, it'd be nice to get anyones in here. My story/experience certainly wasn't the only one...

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11-28-2007 09:38 PM  10 years agoPost 46
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All the pics are gone!

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11-28-2007 09:38 PM  10 years agoPost 47
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darn double post

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11-28-2007 09:40 PM  10 years agoPost 48
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"What I can tell you and I'm sure other Vets can attest to this, what the media reports and what happens there are two vastly different stories."

Are the stories back in the states usually tamer than what's going on there or do they paint a more bleak picture than what you've witnessed?

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11-28-2007 10:05 PM  10 years agoPost 49
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Rafael, nice pics. Are you still in the service?
No, I'm not. I decided that I had done my share after 5 years of Active Duty and 4 years of Reserve. The Mrs, pushed me a little too.

As you can notice from the pictures, I was in a fire-fighting unit at the Mosul Airport. You probably saw the location, between the control tower and the UH-60 "parking". We had some of those "living" containers as you describe, although they were new when we got them, around December 2003. From May of 2003 to Dec 2003, 18 guys lived in 2 GP mediums with a wooden floor. If you stretched your arms far enough you could hit the guy next to you in the face.

As far as the stories told here on the States, they pretty much are accurate, except they mostly leave out the "graphic" content. Although I've seen some videos on TV that I never thought I would see. For a REAL view of the war, You-tube seems to be a great collection of videos.

Rafael

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11-28-2007 11:08 PM  10 years agoPost 50
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As far as the stories told here on the States, they pretty much are accurate, except they mostly leave out the "graphic" content.
They also tend to leave out a lot of the positive stuff that the US Military tries to do for the civilians over there. The media here would have you believe that the US runs around killing innocent civilians for looking at the convoys...

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11-28-2007 11:56 PM  10 years agoPost 51
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thanks for posting. i actually saw these in your gallery a few days ago, i wasn't sure if they were yours or just found on the internet...

i dont really support the war itself, but i have a lot of respect for what you and your buddies do over there, and i prefer to support the troops then the war. its nice to see some up close and personaly insider pics. not what ever the media decided we should see.

that M1 though....just an example of what is was designed for. the crew is alive and well, as far as im concerned, even if its written off, it has done its job. you can always build another tank.

Shawn
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11-29-2007 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 52
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Troupes would say it's hard to support them and not support the war. If it means supporting the war to support the troupes then I choose to support the war. God bless the troupes!

My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly

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11-29-2007 08:11 PM  10 years agoPost 53
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R&R in Qatar...


These two photos are of the movie theater at LSA Anaconda, south of Tikrit about a few hours and, I think, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. It was a nice thought, but, while I was there for two days waiting on my flight to Qatar, the power kept going out and we couldnt get even an hour into a movie without it stopping. Oh well...
I remember one of the movies at the time was "Friday Night Lights". Never did get to finish it before heading to Qatar.

Pics of the flight line and us getting onto the planes. I took these pics illegally. They didnt want us taking pictures at this point but I wanted some so oh well! The third one is me after sweating off a gallong of sweat. We didnt get onto that C-5 or whatever it is in the background. We rode a C-130. It's engines were on and running and the prop wash was bout 200 degrees F I swear, Damn was it hot! Combine that with having to wear all of our gear and it was damn near unbearable! It was worth it once we got to Qatar for our 4 day sof R&R though.

This series of photos is of the mall in Doha, Qatar. I especially got a kick out of the indoor bowling alley, ice scating rink, and water park. We were told there was a go-kart track in the very lower level but we never made it there. As you can see, Qatar is a very Westernized country and considered friendly....for the most part.

More shots from the bus on the way back from the mall to Camp Doha. Camp Doha, previous to OIF, was command center for USCENTCOM. It may have still been although I think the war was being run from Florida?

This was on the second to last day in Qatar for me. We went on a 4 wheelin Sand dune riding adventure through the costal desert near Doha. It was pretty fun as the drivers were really aggressive on the hills and slopes. At some points, I thought our SUV would tip over. We ended at the coast where they made us an ethnic dinner. Lamb and veggies and some other stuff that I can't remember. We then tried our hands at "Sand Skiing". It wasn't very fun. Before we left, they let us swim in the Persian Gulf. That water musta been about 90F. The only problem was it was littered with stinging jelly fish with 10 foot long tentacles. The locals swimming there warned us. I almost made it without being stung but one finally got me on my hand on the way back to shore. It felt like someone scraped my hand with 60 grit sand paper. The pain went away the next day. Again, it was worth it to be able to claim that I swam in the persian gulf.

This is the chilies restaraunt at Camp Doha. It was usually packed and had the exact same menu as Stateside except there was no pork. We also lucked out in that the USO was paying for the girls of the hooters calendars to tour the warzone. They were there and gave us quite a show while we were there. We were also allowed to drink up to 3 (IIRC) alcoholic beers per night while we were there. They made you pay for tickets to give to the people serving but some soldiers/marines/airmen (cant remember) bought unused tickets off of others. there was one guy in particular who got absolutely hammered and got into some serious trouble.

This last picture is of Saddam's palace on the shores of the Tigris in Tikrit. The blackhawk I was on had made a short layover at Firebase McKenzie to pick up some VIP's (Full-Bird Colonels and a Brigadier General I believe). We dropped them off at this palace. I have a quicktime movie of the helo flight back from LSA Anaconda/McKenzie/FOB Speicher. it was quite a ride. The helo flew about 50-100 feet at most times only rising high enough to get over high voltage power lines. At one point while flying over a desolate area of desert, the port gunner opened up on a sand burm with his M-240. It surprised the hell outta me but it was cool.

All in all, it was a good time. I lucked out with my Qatar trip as I was in the first group to go. About 6 months into our tour in Iraq, our command cut off our R&R trips to Qatar becaue the journey there was too dangerous. They started sending troops to a lake in northern Iraq I believe but people who went there said it was really no different that Speicher.

until next time, enjoy.

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11-30-2007 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 54
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Where's the hooter girl pictures!?!?! Guess that's for another thread. Again some nice photos!

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11-30-2007 01:14 PM  10 years agoPost 55
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I'll put them in the "other" thread

It was funny cause they were hanging out at the pool by chilis before their show clad in itsy bitsy bikinis.

Every guy on R&R that day was at the pool whether they were swimming or not. It was funny.

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01-30-2008 06:35 PM  9 years agoPost 56
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ttt

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01-30-2008 07:44 PM  9 years agoPost 57
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nice pics man thanks for sharing

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