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Old 04-10-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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So who has been to Iraq

I'm about to volunteer for an IA billet in Iraq (Apr 2011)... I was just wondering who has been over there recently how is it now? I've been there before about 4 years ago down in the south. I'm gonna be there for a year this time too. I'm just wondering how things have changed. The billet is for a Plans Officer, somewhere near bagdhad, the detailer couldn't be specific on location. I'm a contracting officer... so I won't be seeing any action this time.

I'm volunteering because I want to make some extra cash, plus there isn't any worth while sea duty billets available to me. I really want to end up back in Washington state on the Stennis, but it looks like the only way thats gonna happen is if I do the IA. Theres a couple of spots opening around the time I'd get back from Iraq so what the hell... atleast its not afghanistan. Also, this will be my last time going, unless I volunteer again...
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I have no idea what a "IA billet" is but when i was there beginning of last year it wasnt too crazy... Then again i never went outside the gates...
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I have no idea what a "IA billet" is but when i was there beginning of last year it wasnt too crazy... Then again i never went outside the gates...
IA billet is an Individual Augmentee (IA)... basically, you go there enroute to your next command
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Hmm... Well depending on where youre at would be how bad the fighting is... I was "North" of baghdad and it wasnt that bad.
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well I'm a contracting officer... so I can't imagine it will be that bad for me.
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:02 PM   #6
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I imagine you'll be inside the gates of whatever base you'll be at. I know of a deployment that just came back from Afghanistan and they all told me it was crazy and were getting attacked pretty often!!!
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I imagine you'll be inside the gates of whatever base you'll be at. I know of a deployment that just came back from Afghanistan and they all told me it was crazy and were getting attacked pretty often!!!
shit... Iraq it is then
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Ya its calming down from the last time i have been there. But anything can happen so stay safe and run to a bunker whenever they say to!
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Was there in '91, then '96, then 2003, then again in 2007. It's pretty calm there now, no real worries. All of my troops there this year are actually getting good workouts done. Use the time to go to college and get in shape.
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Was there in '91, then '96, then 2003, then again in 2007. It's pretty calm there now, no real worries. All of my troops there this year are actually getting good workouts done. Use the time to go to college and get in shape.
probably just to get into shape... I already have a B.S and will have an MBA at the end of the year
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I wish I was the commander. I would carpet bomb the area and there'd be knowone there to shoot. Pull out the troops and send in the nuke. Kill em all.
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It has died down a lot, but shit happens at random over here. Ebb and Flow....You never know what the crazy bastards are planning. I am deployed right now, on my 6th trip (clam down we only do 3-4 month trips).
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I just redeployed in late January after my third year long tour. Like others have said, random incidents. It has calmed down compared to past tours. Good luck!
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I'm in Baghdad right now at FOB Falcon, they are closing Falcon down due to all the troop withdraws scheduled this year and moving us to one of the bigger FOB's, anyways shit's pretty chill, good food, accasional mortor attacks but that will never change. if you need any more info on anything let me know ill shoot you my email, take care
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Afghanistan in 2001
Iraq in 2003

I'd be willing to bet they will change the orders and send you to Afghanistan instead. Djibouti may be an alternate.

They might change them if the orders are originally for the Army.
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