Saturday, June 21, 2008

Map of Camp Anaconda

Well, no actually, there isn't a map of Camp Anaconda. And I thought the military loved maps. Another myth shattered.

I filed an FOIA for a map of Camp Anaconda (also known as Balad Air Base, LSA Anaconda) from the time period of September - December 2003. I wasn't looking for anything fancy, just some basic info, nothing hush hush. According to CENTCOM, such a thing doesn't exist.

Despite our extensive and careful search for documents pertaining to your request, we were unable to locate responsive documents.
I was pretty certain CENTCOM were the go-to guys. Maybe I directed my request to the wrong agency and I should have written to the Defense Supply Center or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

So now I'm not sure what to think. I was hoping to use the map in another article I'm working on.

Addendum: to the left is the actual FOIA letter with some identifying information blacked out specifically, officer's name, FOIA #, and contact phone number.

2nd Addendum: I thought this article might be of interest.
Terrain Team Ensures Roads are Mapped Out
By Sgt. Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown, Defend America, April 12, 2007

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq — Most offices have them, but trailer six in the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)’s compound here, holds a very large one.

Operating out of a small trailer is a four-member contingent of the 70th Engineer Company, (currently attached to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) ), who have the responsibility of making maps by request of the ever-changing roads of Iraq. And of course, they have a very large plotter printer for printing out their custom-made maps.

“All of our maps are mission-dictated,” said Sgt. Byram D. Faulk of Washington, D.C., the terrain team noncommissioned officer-in-charge.

The team creates maps requested by units who need the maps for specific reasons. They may need a map outlining bodies of water, or other terrain features, or they may just need a more current map then they already have, Faulk said.

But nope, no map of Camp Anaconda from the fall of 2003.

Photo of LSA Anaconda by James Gordon, taken on July 26, 2005


Joshua said...

I believe Pacesetter was actually called Samara East, and Anaconda's official name was Balad Airfield. I was there when we took Anaconda in 2003 and mid deployment it was then referred to as Balad Airfield, And I lived at Pacesetter (Samara East) for a little while. rough area.

Susie Dow said...

Thank you your comment. A while back, I wrote up a short piece on Pacesetter. There's not much information about the place. I'd love to hear about base access at Pacesetter. Specifically how a contractor would get on and off base and whether or not there was a vehicle repair team or did everything on wheels pretty much end up going over to Anaconda.

FOB Pacesetter
December 26, 2007

Search query: Pacesetter for additional posts here at the Missing Man

Pilar Avila said...

That was my guys. 864th combat heavy equipment engineers. From Fort Lewis , WA. I've been in going on 15 yrs now. I was a PFC than. Most of my memories are all mixed up in my head now. I never read anything on my unit. We came into Anaconda behind 3ID. Hope this helps.