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    Hey Tracy...

    Any chance we can SHARE the sticky ?


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    Capo - Sounds good to me!!!

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    It's nice to see that this thread is going to be working the way it should be....full of the important stuff and not the crap.

    I just wanted to thank rescue542 for the info early on.

    I will be heading your way in the 1st half of June, and look forward to having fun in the sand with you all.

    I was wondering what the availablility of internet access is over there for personal laptops? Also, I heard a rumor from some of my army buddies that XM radio worked there, what have you heard about this?

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    Capo168, I would like that list of vaccines as well. wheeler67@peoplepc.com Thanks

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    That would be friggin sweet if XM/Sirius worked over there. My one friend brought about getting service, but I looked it up and it said it only worked in CONUS, not even Hawaii or Alaska. Anyone got more information?

    As far as internet service for personal laptops, I don't know about that one. From what I've heard, you can bring your onw laptop, but the only computers hooked up to the internet are company/staion computers....of course, I'm not over there yet, so I could be completely wrong.

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    Hey, I am in the process of being contracted by Wackenhut and had some questions if you have the answers please reply.

    I guess first, I leave for huston on July 11 and was wondering how long you are there before the ship you out also what kind of training and lectures do they give you?

    Second, What is the PPE situation like over there? I have heard many diff stories like only a few people have turnout gear.

    What does the apparatus situation look like?

    what is your housing situation like?

    What types of problems have you encountered while in country either personal or with Wackenhut?

    And if you have anything else to add that great?

    and if you dont wanna post it jus email me at PyroContract@yahoo.com

    Thanks A July 11'er

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    Post Vaccinations and such

    As soon as I off duty I will post the entire list.

    As far as XM, I contacted XM. Their official response is "it is only guaranteed in the Con. U.S. and Cananananada, eh. Whether it ACTUALLY works elsewhere, well...I have a buddy in the Army at Camp Prosperity, I will see if he has any insight.

    Regarding the internet service, even if company CPUs are the only ones online, if you have a wireless PCI card, and the guys are willing to chip in on a Wireless-G broadband router (bout $200) then everyone should be set.

    Anyone in country w/ some insight..uh, oh. Got a job. BRB.

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    i duno if we can use internet or not but jeff its cheaper than that
    just goto ebay even and type in Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router

    you can find them around 60$

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    Home now - looks like Capo took care of the immunization/tests questions.

    PTFD - one week is the stay in Houston normally - my hubby Gary "Zimbob" arrived on a Monday as was to depart on Friday but didn't fly out until Sunday. He left for Houston Oct 17th, 2004.

    He got his turnout gear after being there 2 months.

    On his base they have 2 Class A Pumpers, 2 Tankers, One Heavy Rescue and One Brush Truck - when he first arrived in Nov '04 they only had one tanker - they received the rest of their apparatus in January.

    Tents are the accomodations for him still - 6-8 guys per tent with privacy partitions.

    As far as problems you have to make your own decision on problems - it is not for everybody - personally we have had minimal issues with corporate - what we did encounter was easily solved with clear communication and patience and not jumping to conclusions.

    Per Gary as far as training and lectures in Houston you wont have any problems.

    (By the Gary is with me and dictating these answers to me)

    For those who don't know - Gary is at home for a while due to knee injury (patella dislocation) - waiting to see if he needs surgery - but he will be back soon!

    As far as the XM radio - I was interested in that for Gary back in October - I checked and wasn't even available in Iraq - not sure now but Gary seems to doubt that it would be allowed on base.

    Talk to you later!

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    Thanks Capo168 for the info and when you can if you could shoot me and email.
    Last edited by CorreeyW; 05-25-2005 at 02:20 PM.

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    In regards to the internet in Iraq....
    I am not with WSI but I am in Iraq and have access to the internet readily available. There are satelites that can be bought for about $7,000 and internet service is billed every 3 months. What we did was get a group of about 40 people to chip in and purchase the dish, and we do the same with the service fee every 3 months. The service every 3 months comes to about $130.
    Now I didn't do any of the leg work for this so I don't know many details. I just know the end cost for the user. One of my units communication guys has set up the network and he takes care of all the technical stuff. The connection is pretty good. I would say that download speeds are about the same as a cable modem.
    Hope this helps.

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    What kind of satellite? Like direct tv or something?

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    Question R&R

    When it comes to R&R are you able to go pretty much any where or are you limited as to what flights and transports you can get? My interest is to try and get to Ireland for one of them. Is it possible?
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    Hey Troop,

    Ireland is in bro. Go to www.ba.com or any other airline that flies out of Dubai (DXB) and pick your flight. Dubai is a huge tourist destination for the Middle East. It has a huge International airport and dozens of airlines in and out. The only prob. you will have w/ flyinf british airways is that ALL of their flight go through Heathrow in London. Won't be that big of a deal if you don't care about flying non-stop, but the flight will stop in London at some point. I also know that United, Continental, American, Air France (puke) and KLM fly into Dubai and back to Europe. BA.com will proably be the cheapest, but it seems like United and Continental had the fastest flights.

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    I haven't read the Iraq thread for a month and spent almost four hours tonight "catching up" on everything. Granted, some things haven't changed. And then, it came to a screching halt. What happened to the First Amendment and the Right to Free Speech??

    I understand Firehouse's right to monitor threads. But, I am shocked, no, stunned, that the WEBTEAM opted to terminate the thread because of alleged negative comments made towards WSI employees. It makes me wonder if somebody from WSI has a connection at Firehouse.com especially since one of the last posts implied an audit was currently underway.

    Fishy....

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    1st off...this is a private company's website...the 1st amendment doesnt apply here. If you read the terms/conditions of posting, they state they have the right to edit or delete any posts at their descretion, which also includes ending a thread.


    Now that I'm through with that...

    Do I need any power adaptors over there or will my american power plugs work just fine on base?

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    That's a big NEGATORY on American plugs over there, you will definitely needs adaptors, unless you want to fry everything, that is. As for what kind, I couldn't have the slightest idea. Anyone?

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    Originally posted by Berks2Montco84
    That's a big NEGATORY on American plugs over there, you will definitely needs adaptors, unless you want to fry everything, that is. As for what kind, I couldn't have the slightest idea. Anyone?
    Berks2Montco84, please don't take this the wrong way...but you have responded to all my questions with answers that always include that you aren't over there and don't know for sure. I don't mean to be rude, but answers from people who ARE over there would be a LOT more helpful then your guesses or 2nd hand info.

    Again, I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but in the case of technical things like internet access and electrical plugs...I would say that someone in country would have a better idea of what's up then you.

    Thanks for your posts though.

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    Hey, I'm just trying to help and tell you what I have heard. I know some people that have been over there with the military, and they all say it's not the same as American electricity. However, I admit I don't know the exact details, that's why I leave it open for others to add input. Nobody else was replying, so at least now you know you need an adapter instead of not taking one and frying your electronics (which I know I wouldn't want to do either, even though my laptop is P***ing me off lately). As far as my first post, I was more interesting in hearing about XM than answering your question, but I figured I'd try to be nice nontheless....

    However, if my replies annoy you, I'll stop.

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    Greetings all. Sorry its been a while but trying to get grounded here at my base, not to mention the transit time. So can someone fill me in on what provoked the web-team to terminate the FF in Iraq Thread? I hope everyone is just peachy that use this forum and that are out here in the desert.
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