Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Military Bases in North East Iraq

The map below concentrates on military bases throughout North East Iraq in 2003. If anyone has any information on the general location of semi permanent checkpoints/road blocks during the Fall of 2003, please email me. Thank you.

About the Map

(A) Kirk von Ackermann left a meeting at FOB Pacesetter on October 9, 2003.
(B) His car was found later that day in the Jabal Hamrin mountains not long after he called an Iraqi employee to report a flat tire.
(C) His colleague, Ryan Manelick, was gunned down shortly after leaving a meeting at Camp Anaconda on December 14, 2003.

Both men worked for the same contractor, Ultra Services, of Istanbul, Turkey.

Suggestion: right click and open the map in a new window.

Map of the region in North East Iraq showing Balad to the south - Baiji to the north - Kirkuk to the north east


A - FOB Pacesetter
B - Jabal Hamrin - von Ackermann's abandoned car
C - Camp Anaconda

Circles - towns/cities known to have military bases.
Red Dots - locations of known bases, camps, stations or posts.

Names as used Fall 2003. Alternatives are shown in (parentheses)
For the most part, the military bases are located in the Salahuddin (also known as Salahuddin, Salahaddin, etc) and Ta'mim governates. Future redistricting of Iraq's governates is quite possible due to the dislocation and movement of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen throughout the region.

There's quite a bit of conflicting information, some of which is the result of identifying a town without the name of its governate. (By way of an example: identifying a town solely with the name Springfield. Springfield, Illinois is not the same place as Springfield, Massachusetts) I've included the governates with town/city names. Anyone researching bases should carefully verify information. Please don't take my word for it.

Kirkuk, Ta'mim (also known as At-Ta'mim)

Kirkuk - north
Camp Dibis or Dibbs (ref)
Kirkuk Army Base (ref)

Kirkuk - south
FOB Gain's Mills (ref)
PB Millet (ref)

Kirkuk - west
Kirkuk Air Base (KRAB) (ref)
Camp Renegade (ref)
FOB Warrior (ref)
Krabtown (ref)

Tawuq, Ta'mim (also known as Daquq, Tawud, Tauq, Tauk and Tavuk)

Tal Ashtah New (Tal Ashtah Airbase) (ref)
FOB Daquq (FOB Grant) (ref)
Daquq JCC (ref)

Tuz Khurmatu, Ta'mim (also known as Toz, Khormato, Khurmato)

Tuz Khurmatu (Tuz Khurmatu Airbase, Al Tuz Airfield) (ref)
FOB Bernstein (ref)

Sarha, Ta'mim

A checkpoint believed to be Echo Four Checkpoint (ref)
A tactical checkpoint, Echo Four, was set up 35 miles south of Tuz by Alpha Company in an effort to prevent such ambushes, and keep the guerilla fighters in Southern Iraq. A platoon of soldiers was manning Echo Four when it came under a massive coordinated attack.
Abu Ghurayb, Ta'mim (also known as Ghraib)

Camp Vigilant Compound (ref)
Camp Ganci (ref)
Abu Ghurayb Prison (Baghdad Central Detention Center) (ref)
Camp Avalanche (Camp Redemption) (ref)
There is a second Abu Ghurayb located near Baghdad. It is not shown on this map but for the sake of clarity, the following bases can be found there.

Abu Ghurayb
Cobra Base
FOB victory
Camp Victory North
Camp al-Nasr
Camp al-Tareer
Camp Blackjack
Camp Liberty
FOB Constitution (ref)
Chay Khanah, Diyala (also known as Chai) Injanah?

Name unknown - approximate location of an Iraqi Air Base known as Injanah

Hawijah, Diyala

Name unknown

Balad, Salahuddin (also known as Salah ad-Din, etc)

FOB Eagle (Camp Paliwoda) (ref)

Balad Airbase (ref)
Camp Anaconda (ref)
FOB Lion (FOB O'Ryan) (ref
Camp Balad ref)
FOB Carpenter (FOB Wyatt) (ref)

Balad - south near Ad Dujayi
FOB Omaha (FOB Vanguard) (ref)

Samarra, Salahuddin

Samarra' East Airbase / Al Bakr Airfield (ref)
FOB Pacesetter (renamed FOB McKenzie) (ref)

Samarra' - north
Camp Brassfield-Mora (ref)
Camp Daniels (PB Casino, PB Olsen, PB Razor, PB Uvanni) (ref)
FOB 7 - Iraqi Army (ref)

Samarra' - central
Civil-Military Operations Center (CMOC) (ref)

Ad Dawr, Salahuddin (also known as Adwar)

Camp Arrow (FOB Wilson) (ref)

Tikrit, Salahuddin (also known as Takrit, Tekrit)

Tikrit - North (Al Sahra Airfield)
Camp Sycamore (FOB Speicher) (ref)
Arlington Captured Enemy Ammunition (CEA) Depot (ref)

Tikrit - East (Tikrit Airbase - East) (ref)
Former Iraqi Airbase

Tikrit - South (Tikrit Airfield - South) (ref)
Camp Cougar (Camp Packhorse renamed FOB Remagen) (ref)

Tikrit Presidential Palace
Camp Ironhorse (renamed FOB Danger) (ref)
Camp Raider (renamed FOB Dagger) (ref)

Baiji, Salahuddin (also known as Beiji, Bayji, Baji)

K-2 Airbase (ref)
Camp Lancer (ref)
FOB Tinderbox (ref)
FOB Stoddard (FOB Summerall) (ref)

Al-Fatha, Ta'mim (Al Fathah)

Name unknown - approximate location of an Iraqi Air Base

Hawijah, Ta'mim

FOB McHenry (ref)
Battle Point 1 (ref)
PB Baker (ref)

Reference Maps

BBC: Air Bases
Assorted Maps of Iraq
NY Times: US Bases in Iraq
Iraq Facilities
Stars & Stripes: Map of US Bases in Iraq
Iraqi Airfields
Airfields Pre-Iraq War
Bases - scroll down for resources


Below is an attempt to clarify some of the military jargon. Corrections and additions are more than welcome.

In general: Base, Post, Camp, or Station.

MOB - Main Operations Base
Main Operations Base for joint forces provides sustained command and control, administration, and logistical support to special operations activities in designated areas. (ref)
COB - Contingency Operating Base
Contingency Operating Base is a brigade-size combat team plus aviation units and other support personnel. COB replaced the term, "enduring bases," which carried a connotation of a permanent US military presence in Iraq, in 2005. (ref)
LSA - Logistics Support Area
Logistics Support Area supports all surrounding FOB with personnel, equipment, and logistics support.(ref)
FOB - Forward Operating Base
A forward operating base is any semi-permanent secured forward position used to launch and support sustained tactical operations. (ref)
PB - Patrol Base
A Patrol Base is significantly smaller than a FOB and is usually occupied by a company or platoon size element, whereas a FOB may house a brigade. Less than five percent of the units in Iraq operated from patrol bases. (ref)
CMOC - Civil Military Operations Center
Civil Military Operations Center assist in the coordination of activities of engaged military forces, and other United States Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and regional and international organizations. There is no established structure. Size and composition are situation dependent. (ref)
Camp - Camp
A Camp supports US Army combat operations. In 2005, many of the Camps were renamed using FOB.
CoP - Combat Outpost
is a fortified position that provides logistical support to combat patrols. CoP may have less than 200 personnel.
Additional reading:

Glossary of military terms from militaryterms.info

Base Camp Design for Operations Other Than War (OOTW) A theoretical project for Systems Engineers which provides a good overview about basic 'base' functions.

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