Going Home!

US Forces – Iraq is posting dozens of photos on its (soon to be inactive) Flickr photostream, documenting in photos the withdrawal of US troops from the country.  Here’s some from COB Adder.

Bend and Reach

Caption: Bend and Reach – Soldiers with the 20th Engineer Brigade, Headquarters Company, unload duffel bags to be palletized on Contingency Operating Base Adder Oct. 26. Service members palletized their equipment and personal gear for their flight out of Iraq.

Bag Drag

Caption: Bag Drag – Spc. Jon Diaz (left) and Spc. William Currier, with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 8th Cavalry Regiment, carry equipment to get palletized on Contingency Operating Base Adder Oct. 27. Soldiers palletized their gear to prepare for their flight out of Iraq.

Palletized And Ready To Go

Caption: Palletized And Ready To Go – Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 8th Cavalry Regiment, load their equipment onto pallets on Contingency Operating Base Adder Oct. 26. The C-130 aircraft carries soldiers and their palletized equipment out of Iraq.

Loading Up

Caption: Loading Up – Service members with the 407th Air Expeditionary Group load cargo containers onto a C-130 aircraft on Contingency Operating Base Adder Oct. 26. These aircraft have ferried the bulk of U.S. service members redeploying. The aircraft and crew are kept busy during the drawdown of forces in Iraq.

At the Terminal

Caption: At the Terminal – Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 8th Cavalry Regiment, pass the time before their flight at a terminal on Contingency Operating Base Adder Oct. 26. Waiting service members have access to wireless Internet and a supply of cold water. The 3rd BCT, who deployed to Iraq to support Operation New Dawn in February, oversaw the closing of Garry Owen before coming to COB Adder to redeploy.

That wait at the Terminal is always the worst.   Agonizingly slow, even with internet access to kill time.

There’s another story line emerging on the withdrawal.  Army Times offered a good report today discussing dispositions of equipment in Iraq.

1 thought on “Going Home!”

  1. Over and above redeploying equipment and people, the closing of a base is a huge undertaking. You have to transfer or redeploy all property, de-militarize all buildings, strip out all improvements and return it all to Iraqi standards, remove and/or mitigate all environmental issues, clean out all force protection such as wire, hesco bastions or concrete barriers and sand bags. And then transfer it to the original owner or, if you are lucky, to the Iraqi government. And you have to provide yourself with security the whole time. And we have done this for literally hundreds of these sites to date. When I was last there, we followed a 45 day model to complete the process for each one.

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