Going to Balad AB, Iraq

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    Going to Balad AB, Iraq

    About three weeks ago I found out that I had been issued a TCN tasking to Balad AB, Iraq. My RNLTD is sometime in the end of January so I've got some time left and I sould spend the holidays here. I'm ecstatic to be able to actually do something other then help train others, however, I do have some questions.

    I've heard both good and bad about Balad AB. Anybody have any decent info about it?

    First off any recommendations? I'll be carrying an M9 and an M16. I'll be bringing my CRKT M-16 and two no-name karambits as back-ups. Anything else I should bring with me?

    I've already grabbed a book on Arabic from the base library and I picked up a copy of the Pimmsler course for Arabic. Anything else I should learn or practice before I head over?

    For those of you that don't know, TCN stands for Third Country National, basically they are individuals from other countries who work on/around base whilst we guard them. I have heard that TCN's are very often pulled into convoy duty. Does anyone know how true this is?

    Finally I'm having trouble dealing with my wife. While I'm ecstatic to finally be deployed she's having trouble dealing with everything. Any ideas on how I can help her? Obviously she's worried about my safety; but I think a major part of the problem is that she has only seen me as her husband, someone she sees as just a decent guy.

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    Good luck SSgt Lickey, I'll keep you and your wife in my prayers. And watch out for those spiders.
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    SSgt Lickey,

    First thing's first--Congrats on going to the show.

    I have flown in and out of Balad more than a few times, but have never been stationed there. In fact, I don't think we've even broken there and had to stay overnight. All I can say is the chow hall's pretty good.

    I've got some friends that have done their time at Balad, and don't remember hearing anything unusual about it. Most of the deployed locations are what you make of them. My advice is to get something to do in your spare time. Some guys hit the gym like there's no tomorrow. Some guys play X-Box in every spare minute. Some guys believe that if you sleep 12 hours a day, the deployment lasts half as long. Some guys work on another language.

    The guys I've seen pulling TCN duty look pretty bored. It's mainly following Achmed and Ranj around, watching them clean the bathrooms. I don't know if they pull them (guys like you) into convoy duty or not. I would think that unless you're overmanned, watching the TCNs is pretty important.

    If you want, I work with a guy who was in Balad this time last year. I can ask him what he thought.

    The good news is you're actually in the combat zone. Hopefully, that means you'll miss some of the deployed silliness. Places like the Deid get way too many Shirts & E-9s who have nothing better to do than think up dumb rules and yell at folks. (How many disco belt violators do you have to catch to make E-10, anyway?)

    Your biggest challenge will be mama-cita. They should have good internet connectivity there, so you can talk that way. My wife and I do every day when I'm gone. You'll probably get 2 15-minute phone calls a week. (That's what the rules say. The rest is up to you. ) Some bases have the capability where you can webcam each other.

    What I said for you keeping busy goes double for mama. Leavin's always easier than being left behind. Are any of your friends going? This way, she can hang out with the other "deployment widows" and do stuff together. Maybe she can go home and visit her folks for a bit. Volunteer at a pet shelter or the church. Whatever it is, the time will pass faster if she's busy.

    There are resources on base to help deal with this. Most squadrons tell the wife to call if she needs anything. It depends on the squadron (particularly your supervisor) how seriously they mean this. The good ones will call your wife once every week or two just to check up on her.

    Hope this helps to some degree. If you have any other questions, let me know either here or PM me.

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    Got no good advice for the Mrs. Mine had a hard time when I went across our own country for TDY. Hopefully she has some friends or even better, maybe some family where you are stationed now. Mine was kinda alone. Good luck, keep sharp. See you in ¿8months?
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    Watch out for those TCN's. If they are Pakastani, they like men more than women. I was in charge of a work crew and the boss, an older Pakastani had a young boy always with him. I assumed it was his son because he was a married man. Well it turned out to be his on-the-side lover, nasty people I tell you. The sad thing is that we are paying them and they are scumbags. Stay safe and don't trust any of the TCN's, some will try to befriend you, but will shoot you in the back for a $1. Stay safe man!

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    First, go talk to your supervisor and 1st Sgt...let them know what is going on.

    Have her go with you to your outprocessing appts, especially the family readiness center and finance. Also, as an aside, get supplemental life insurance and have her open her own acct. If something happens to you (i.e. death) all of your bank accts are frozen (including joint accounts)--a tidbit I learned when a friend of a friend of mine was killed in a helo accident in Yuma a couple of months ago.

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    My prayers go to you for a safe return and to your wife for the strength to deal with everything that is happening. May everything be over before your plane lands and there is no need for you to be there.

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    Good luck and be safe....never made it to Balad during my OIF deployment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    First, go talk to your supervisor and 1st Sgt...let them know what is going on.

    Have her go with you to your outprocessing appts, especially the family readiness center and finance. Also, as an aside, get supplemental life insurance and have her open her own acct. If something happens to you (i.e. death) all of your bank accts are frozen (including joint accounts)--a tidbit I learned when a friend of a friend of mine was killed in a helo accident in Yuma a couple of months ago.

    Send me a PM--and we can discuss further.
    +1 Get her involved. Helping you pack and taking her along as you outprocess will help a lot. Hopefully she knows people in the area. If she's not tied down with a career in the area maybe she could move home with family if that is an option.

    I've convoyed in and out of Balad but that was in 2003 so my info probably isn't accurate anymore. It is one of the best equipped bases over there. I know a guy who just got back from guarding TCNs at Balad though. I haven't seen him since he got back but he is back in one piece and his buddies told him before he left that nothing bad ever happened there and that it was boring.

    Stay safe, keep your head on a swivel, if you're on a convoy don't sit on the curbside of your vehicle if you can help it, and no matter how relaxed the standards are or how hot it is wear all your protective gear (except NBC) all the time! Shrapnel sucks.

    Edit: And take a small tan bed sheet. It's thick enough to stop sand flies if you have to sleep outside but it won't over heat you.

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    Do a search on Yahoo Groups. You will find many groups dedicated to the bases over there. You will be able to communicate with those in country already. There are also a bunch of support groups for the spouses of those who are there.
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    Keep your head on a swivel. Notice EVERYTHING going on around you. Haji is looking for you.
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    Thanks guys- sorry it took so long for me to respond but my computer is currently down.

    Mostly I'm worried about the wife. She hasn't done to well when I've been TDY for just a few weeks, I'm not to sure how she'll handle a few months. Luckily her folks like a few hours from here. Unfortunately none of the guys I'm going with are married and we really don't have to many friends in the area. I'm not to sure about my supervisor,he just PCA'd to our shop, but I know my old Team Chief and my troops will be looking in on my wife from time to time.

    Does anybody know if Balad is still getting mortared daily?

    Seanwins- Thanks for the tip about the sheet, I'll keep that in mind
    HerkNav- I'm not sure, I think it's around seventy-five, but they all have to be in the same month.
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    I just had a few troops come back from Balad last week; they said the mortars weren't a daily occurance but did happen from time to time. Stay safe man!

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