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    Thanks for all the help, words of wisdom, and advise. I leaving for Houston on Monday April 17th. Looking forward to meeting new people, a experience of a life time, and a interesting time. For those of you there good luck, and those waiting to go, look forward to seeing there,
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    Well I have been in country for a month now and it is going GREAT! PPE is all issued in victory(Everyone in my group and after that has gotten there ppe.) My opinion on the shopping list and from others now that are coming in DONT buy that stuff you are waisting your $$! In houston you are gonna get 5 bdus,5works shirts 2 coveralls, 2boots and a bunch more stuff. Then when you get into victory they will issue you more gear if you want. I picked up more shirts. You are gonna run into your disgruntle ff's, dont listen to them!! This place is easy to work at, I have a bunch of good officers and ff's here and yes there is bull**** but your gonna have that anywhere you go. I can easily do a few years doing this!!

    What else, where I am at they have 2 gyms,YES we do work out. It is mandatory to work out but they dont enforce it! Trust me what else are you gonna do?

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    I finally deployed April 10th. I am currently assigned to Tall Afar. I updated the lists as I remembered, if someone sees changes please let me know. The guys at station 2 Tall Afar have bought into Internet for our hooches, others are not so lucky. We have conex (those shipping boxes used for overseas shipping) as hooches, some have stations that they live in and a few unfortunate have tents and one I know of is a tent on the flight line for those early wakeup calls. There are every type of firefighter here, just like back home. There are the 2/20's (2 yrs on the job act like they have 20), those that feel they have more rights or knowledge than others, and of curse you have those that should never have held a hose let alone survived this long in life. On the other hand you have those that have knowledge and great experience, some come from some of the busiest fire stations in America and know what fire looks like, and you will take away from here whatever you make it out to be. You can hate your officers, look bad or make your crew look bad, or shine and do your job and come home with the dough to give your girl the greatest gift any girl has seen(except for the girls of those that stay 2yrs). I hate the phrae but it fits way too often, Chicken or Beef (those are your choices on the flight home.) With pride, I am here to make money, get a little more experience, see new things, and in the end bragging rights.

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    Default Finally deployed and updated info

    I finally deployed April 10th. I am currently assigned to Tall Afar. I updated the lists as I remembered, if someone sees changes please let me know. The guys at station 2 Tall Afar have bought into Internet for our hooches, others are not so lucky. We have conex (those shipping boxes used for overseas shipping) as hooches, some have stations that they live in and a few unfortunate have tents and one I know of is a tent on the flight line for those early wakeup calls. There are every type of firefighter here, just like back home. There are the 2/20's (2 yrs on the job, act like they have 20), those that feel they have more rights or knowledge than others, and of course you have those that should never have held a hose let alone survived this long in life. On the other hand you have those that have knowledge and great experience, some come from some of the busiest fire stations in America and know what fire looks like, and you will take away from here whatever you make it out to be. You can hate your officers, look bad or make your crew look bad, or shine and do your job and come home with the dough to give your girl the greatest gift any girl has seen(except for the girls of those that stay 2yrs). I hate the phrae but it fits way too often, Chicken or Beef (those are your choices on the flight home.) With pride, I am here to make money, get a little more experience, see new things, and in the end bragging rights.

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    does anyone know if you are prior military do you still need to go through WMD / NBC training. I thought I was done with that in boot camp.

    also, I am in the Naval Reserves. is anyone in the reserves and was able to get the leave of absence to go to Iraq as a fire fighter?

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    Ok I Have Started The Application Process, Waiting On A Phone Call This Seems To Be The Right Thing For Me. I Was A Bit Apprehensive About Doing This But Now I'm Sure Thanks To All Of You Guys. The Questions I Have Right Now Are How Does The Food Situation Work? And Does Every Base Have A

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    Default get out the tissue ladies

    why oh why do you make it soooo easy?
    more housten questions
    more med questions
    well here goes first of all is there anyone from north or south carolina NOT coming to iraq?
    what are the junior high schoolers gonna do about the prom?
    who would call themselves big flamer??
    i know you ladies are too intimidated to read all those pages in the other posts to get solid information so lets all ask ranahan everything.
    maybe he read them i dunno
    in another stroke of genius the firegods at baghdad just sent out a new inventory forrm to replace the one they sent..................yesterday.
    word was also passed by (opsec) that WSI wont be buying any more vehicles for 2 to 3 years
    hell they never bought any replacement parts for the trucks we have now so this move is another smooth idea approved at the highest levels
    we just had bunkertime here for the fourth time in a few days and im not tellin you whats that means!
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    Hey i see you are stiring up the pot again !

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    I am in the air force reserves and my base gave me a leave of absence. I am up at in iraq with a retired air force cheif and he was telling me I still can work on my cdcs while I am here, so that works out for me.Yes you will still have to go through nbc training, it is a annual deal.

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    ok when i go should i check my duffel bag or carry on both the duffel and backpack

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    You wouldn't happend to be at station 1 would ya?

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    thanks for the info. and oh well. nbc training wont be that bad. I am hoping to leave in june, july time frame but I probably wont be able to go until Aug. I cant wait to go. from what i hear it sounds like fun. as long as i can continue my training.

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    I waiting on my plane ticket now supposed to be going on the 22 of this month. I wish it would just hurry. Between my girl friend and freind telling me not to go, they just don't understand. I cant wait did anyone else get stressed out makeing sure that everything was taken care back hear in the state like money, bill.

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    Ok I Have Asked This Question Before So Bare With Me I Need To Know What Size Duffel Bag To Buy, Ie; 35"x15" ; 42"x24" Ect...

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    as far as i could tell they don't give a ****. as long as it isn't over 70 lbs. and it's a good idea to bring two. cuz your gonna get a LOT of uniforms here in houston.

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    well i live in houston, and what i really want to know is can i check my duffel bag, will i carry on my NBC gear, is it in its own bag or will i have to stow it in my duffel. what kind of physical and what vaccinations do i need? i may seem dense for asking but this is what concerns me the most at this point. i do thank whom ever addresses my concern in this post
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    You are allowed two checked bags @ 50lbs, plus one extra (nbc bag). If you think you can live without it for a while, don't take it! You will get the physical and vaccination info in your second packet.
    Quote Originally Posted by bessire48
    well i live in houston, and what i really want to know is can i check my duffel bag, will i carry on my NBC gear, is it in its own bag or will i have to stow it in my duffel. what kind of physical and what vaccinations do i need? i may seem dense for asking but this is what concerns me the most at this point. i do thank whom ever addresses my concern in this post

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    excelent, thank you

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    I am a Female firefighter as a civilian before the Marine Corp. Three point 5 yrs ago I joined the Marine Corp! I currently have 6 more months left. I am about to start this process. I was stationed at TQ for 11.5 months and have many friends there still on TQ Fire . I returned here to NC in Jan. Any extra tips on where and what bases females end up with. I have all my certifications printed from the state of Michigan but not quite sure what IfSAC certs are??

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    Marine 777,
    Welcome to the forums Devildog. I am a Reserve 7051 from Michigan, as well as a career civilian firefighter. Your Michigan FF certs mean nothing to WSI. IFSAC is an organization that accredits firefighter training, and Michigan is not a member. You will have to go to an IFSAC accredited academy and challenge the FF I and II and Hazmat Ops to get the correct certs. I took mine at the Bucks County academy in PA. There are many others on this thread who have done it and have explained the process in earlier posts. NC is also an IFSAC state, you may want to look into getting it done while you're still on active duty. If I remember correctly, Coastal Carolina Community College gives free fire and EMT classes for active duty military.

    muellerjja,
    I know of at least 6 Marine reservists who have gotten leaves to go to Iraq with WSI, as well as others who have gone with Blackwater and Wolfpack. Basically you have to get command approval and tack an extra year onto the end of your contract. Check with your unit career planner/retention specialist/or whatever you squids call them.

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    marine 777 & gunnyv -

    It surprises me that the Marine Corps is not into the DoD cert program. I remember a few years ago when the Navy was the same way.

    Marine 777, just like gunnyv has stated check with a few IFSAC approved colleges/schools to get your certs.

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    As far as bases with Females we currently have females at Camp Victory/Liberty, Camp Taji, Al Asad Air Base, and Camp Speicher. Hope this helps if you have anyfurther questions fire them off. Also FYI if your not familiar with the thread Info on Iraq you should check it out.. Most of the necessary information regarding employment with WSI is discussed in that thread, as well as duty here in the desert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angfireman
    marine 777 & gunnyv -

    It surprises me that the Marine Corps is not into the DoD cert program. I remember a few years ago when the Navy was the same way.
    The Corps is on board with the cert program-the problems are with some of us in non-IFSAC states getting credit for training recieved outside of military schooling. For example, I lat moved and, with 10 years as a career FF, did not want to spend 3 months at Goodfellow. Since my training was through a non-IFSAC entity, I had to challenge my way out somewhere else.

    The Corps is still behind on the Fire Officer and higher level certs, but we're working on it.

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    smokeeater 1 just to let you know we currently have no females at victory/liberty the last one left in march we have a few guys that act like females but thats it did you here about our new guy dropping in over here

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    Quote Originally Posted by bm4455
    smokeeater 1 just to let you know we currently have no females at victory/liberty the last one left in march we have a few guys that act like females but thats it did you here about our new guy dropping in over here
    Ok so there is no females currently at Victory/Liberty... actually I was refering to our HQ/HR divisions. But if I am not mistaken Victory has been set up for female accomodations correct?

    Also I do know bout the NUBNG ummm new guy falling in. LOL
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