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    If any USAF or USAF ANG firefighters can give me a heads up on this base I would appreciate it. I'm obviously not looking for any OPSEC violations just general information like how is the quality of life? Are the shifts 24 on 24 off or 48 on 24 off? Are any of the firehouses equipped with a gym? How is the base Gym? How is the base compared to other places that you have deployed? Any other information that you would like to add is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevetsd82 View Post
    If any USAF or USAF ANG firefighters can give me a heads up on this base I would appreciate it. I'm obviously not looking for any OPSEC violations just general information like how is the quality of life? Are the shifts 24 on 24 off or 48 on 24 off? Are any of the firehouses equipped with a gym? How is the base Gym? How is the base compared to other places that you have deployed? Any other information that you would like to add is appreciated.

    Hey Dude.. i'm Damien.. I Left Baghdad in January, so i'll try to answer your questions but as with time.. things always change.

    Quality of life was good while i was there, but that is going to change with every rotation. each chief and assistant chief will make the fire station what they choose to make it. The chief before us had his troops standing escorts on the days off, our chief got rid of that. Off duty quarters for us was 10 man tents, but our guys were in the process of moving into 2 man trailers when i left. (Yes.. that means you will have a roomate..) all of the E-4 and below worked alarm room duty,some e-5's as well.

    we worked 24 on/24 off.. no kelly days. off days you were welcome to go to the other bases within the Victory Base Complex, but you were required to bring your IBA, Helmet, IFAK and M-16 and ammo (or if your base is cool, M-4).. Bring or buy a tactical sling and stock mag pouch...

    bring checks, or enroll in Eagle cash as soon as you can if you want to have cash with you. I brought my check card and though many places accepted it, places like the morale tent didn't.. and it was a long walk to the exchange. Cash back is limited at the exchanges as well. Camp Sather only allowed $10 cash back per purchase, The exchange at Liberty only allowed $20..

    station 1 has a Gym, Station 2 uses the base gym, station 3 has no access to the gym and station 4 was working on it when i left. Station 1's gym wasn't anything to get excited about.. some miscellaneous equipment...

    Base gym is great and they usually also have great programs like spinning class. lots of machines and a great staff. The base will also schedule events like 5k runs every week or 2.

    This was my first deployment to the Middle East with the Air Force. I'd kept an open mind and had a great time, but i learned that through 8 years of military service. (I did 8 active duty years in the US Navy.)

    don't hide in your tent the entire time while you're there.. there are plenty of things to do on base on your days off.. many places to see and take pictures of, many other bases to go buy outdated stuff at their BX's.. get out and work on your CDC's..

    Feel free to ask more questions and i'll try to answer them to the best of my abilities. I hope i've been of some help.

    -Damien

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    Thanks Damien that is exactly what I was looking for. Any further information is greatly appreciated.

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    I am at BIAP now. Drop me a line at nnyfyrfytr@yahoo.com
    I will answer any questions you have. DFurtman has answered mostly the way things are now. Some stuff has changed. Station 3 has some gym equipment now. treadmill, eliptical, free weights, several benches and a few other things. I could send you pics if you wish. There is enough at station 3 to get a good work out. Not sure about station 4 as I have only been there a few times. and haven't spent any time there. Things are changing. The new station 1 is almost done. We will probably have to move in just before we go home. Where are you coming from? If you need to get CDC's done this is definatley the place. Anyone coming here who needs to complete their 5 or 7 level has no excuse for not getting it done. Email me if you want to know more. I will share what I can and I can send pics and give you info to make it easier for you and your brothers to come here.

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    Default military firefighters at BIA?

    are yall military? or DOD?

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    I am Air Force. All US assets at BIAP are currently protected by Air Force fire protection. The VBC is protected by civilian contractors.

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    It's nice knowing you AF guys are out there because I fly those damn Russian charter jets every time I come in and out on R&R and I swear those things are held together with duct tape and chewing gum! Forget the IDF, those damn planes are what I worry about!!

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    Crazy Ivan landings. Then the wonderful bus ride to the BTC are they still packing them up to 6 in a room 2 sets of bunk beds and the 2 green cots.

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    You know it! Personally i've only been in a room of 5, but there's still room for 6....

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    A little off subject but do any of you have some insight on Kirkuk? I'll be there soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcor73 View Post
    A little off subject but do any of you have some insight on Kirkuk? I'll be there soon.
    Sorry man I don't know anything about it. What are you going to do out there?

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