A Few Pictures From OIF 1

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    A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:12 am

    This was on Balad Air Base (aka LSA Anaconda). Balad is north of Baghdad, about a 30-40 min flight depending on airspeed and route. This is one of the birds that the Iraq's had actually buried in the sand around the base in an effort to hide them from the American Forces. It was put up on display and soon became a canvas for local artisans.




    As you can see it's up on blocks and has been...well...it is what it is! lol


    These guys are more of the Buried Air Force, parked on the other side of the airfield.


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:21 am

    Next we have pictures from the ever popular (and dangerous; the 160th avoids this place like the plague!) Taji. This was from my one and only visit to Taji during OIF 1. I would later fly into there quite regularly in OIF 07/08.
    These are some self propelled artillery pieces that were rendered inoperative, courtesy of the US Army.





    Up next is a hangar that was the object of somebody's desire. The desire to destroy something that is! Huge crater in the middle of the hangar with pieces of helicopter strewn about the debris.



    This is our aircraft parked on the ramp at Taji. You can see another hangar rendered out of commission in the background. All this damage has since been cleaned up and repaired.


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:29 am

    For reference, Taji is just about due north of Baghdad, a quick 10 minute flight from downtown Baghdad.


    Next on the tour of sunny Iraq we visit Baghdad itself. Lovely city, ancient and full of history, it is (was) home of the Ba'ath Party. The lights have been turned on, the music has stopped, and the Party has since ended....but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Enjoy these lovely pictures of where the Party was held.






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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:34 am

    This little guy was parked on the Ba'ath Party compound, guarding an American Army units HQ.


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:53 am

    This building started off life as a Palace for the Iraq Royal Family. When Saddam came to power he, naturally, seized this building and made it one of his (many) personal palaces, it was also used as a 'guest house' for other privileged members of Saddam's family and the Ba'ath Party. This Palace sits right on the Tigris River in downtown Baghdad. If you remember from the news way back in '03-'04 you constantly heard reference to CPA, the Coalition Provisional Authority. This is the building that housed the CPA, this is the heart of the Green Zone. It had one of the best breakfasts around.
    Saddam had four large, one would say Ginormous!, busts of him placed atop the entrances to the palace just in case anyone forgot who was in charge.



    My unit had the pleasure of flying good ole Donny Rumsfeld when he visited Iraq during OIF 1. A good friend and outstanding pilot friend of mine was the pilot for that flight. (this is his story recanted as best I remember, I'm obviously paraphrasing...this was about 5 years ago):
    We were giving Rumsfeld a tour around the Baghdad area, one of the generals [i think this general was Sanchez, he was the man we were dedicated to flying around] was giving a tour as we were going and we could hear the whole conversation. When we were flying into CPA I heard Rumsfled exclaim "What the hell is that!?!" to which the general replied "Sadams megalomania in physical form." "Take it down!" was Rumsfelds response.

    Here is the result of that conversation.


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:54 am

    That's all for right now, I'll probably post more at a later time.
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:22 am

    Swag...ALL I can say is AWESOME!!!!!! YOU NEVER...I MEAN NEVER fail to amaze me....

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by locobuster on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:25 am

    Outstanding!!!!!!

    Cheers!
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by nkomo on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:47 am

    GREAT stuff Swag!!!! Wonder if a GI tried to ship that Saddam statue home? Don't think it would fit into a duffle bag......


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:55 am

    nkomo wrote:GREAT stuff Swag!!!! Wonder if a GI tried to ship that Saddam statue home? Don't think it would fit into a duffle bag......

    hahaha...prolly not. I was just telling loco, I think one of them was shipped back to the States and the other three were probably sent to the smelter. But the actual fate of them I don't know.
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:58 am

    Here's one of my fav pix from the Taji trip. Naturally we climbed inside the destroyed SP artillery pieces. Depleted uranium? I don't care about no stinking depleted uranium!


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:15 am

    Some goggle shots from OIF 1.






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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:13 am

    coolness...how might I inquire do you take nite vision photos??? I have always wondered..

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by Philip on Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:09 am

    very cool pics!

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by oss.capt on Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:22 am

    Great pics indeed!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:22 pm

    bond007a1 wrote:coolness...how might I inquire do you take nite vision photos??? I have always wondered..

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    Quite easily actually; I cheated. I turned my camera on, turned the NVG's on, stuck the camera lens up to one of the eye pieces and took the picture. It was that simple. hehehe The picture ofthe Humvee, the circular part around the actual picture is the inside of the goggle.
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    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:01 pm

    ahhh...makes sense... Cool

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by bravo_2_zero on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:01 pm

    the poor man without NVG + camera can get a Sony Handy cam with Night vision recording and video still photo's. I've used that a few times.

    The quality isn't 3rd gen it's more like 1st but for little cash it works.
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by Camosaurus on Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:17 pm

    Nice pics Kev...Do you guys just leave the gutted vehicles out like that? Maybe we should start a scrap metal retrieval business there in Iraq...

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by Iraqi Militaria on Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:27 pm

    WOW

    I would love to see these on the IMF The Iraqi Militaria Forum..

    Thank you for sharing!!
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by Camo_fiend on Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:17 pm

    Awesome photos, thanks for sharing, as well as for your service!


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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by ClaptonIsGod on Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:08 pm

    That graffiti'd Iraqi plane is a true work of art, should be brought back here to the Museum of Modern Art in New York or the Smithsonian down in DC.. true character and history there in that plane.
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by Grim Reaper on Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:38 pm

    Great pics and stories, thank you for sharing them. I relly like the pic of "Saddam" kissing the dirt..... Wink

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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by HoovieDude on Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:56 am

    Lots of familiar looking ground there, lol. Taji's boneyard(s) were quite amazing in terms of numbers and variety of platforms/weapon systems. I have some good pics of the pieces there.
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    Re: A Few Pictures From OIF 1

    Post by swag on Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:09 pm

    HoovieDude wrote:Lots of familiar looking ground there, lol. Taji's boneyard(s) were quite amazing in terms of numbers and variety of platforms/weapon systems. I have some good pics of the pieces there.

    Flew into and over Taji alot, especially on my last deployment. My old unit is there right now, if I had stayed in I'd be over there right now too. I would love to see some of the pix you have from the boneyard(s).

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