Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Big Base near Balad

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The Really Big Military Base about 70 miles north of Baghdad, near Balad, Iraq has apparently suffered yet another name change. It is now known as Joint Base Balad. For the sake of clarity, I will continue to refer to the base as Anaconda - the name in use during the fall of 2003.

Here is a list of all of the names known to date for this one base.
Joint Base Balad
Logistics Support Area Anaconda
Life Support Area Anaconda
LSA Anaconda
Contingency Operating Base Anaconda
COB Anaconda
Foward Operating Base Anaconda
FOB Anaconda
Camp Anaconda
Forward Support Area Anaconda
FSA Anaconda
Balad Air Base (also Airbase)
Balad AB
Camp Balad
Balad Southeast
Al-Bakr Air Base (name used under Sadam Hussein)
Mortaritaville (nickname)

Renamed U.S. military base in Iraq reflects joint status
By 1st Lt. Lisa Spilinek, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs, Air Force Link, June 17, 2008

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