Hey Folks, some of you probably know a lot more about this vocabulary than I do. Consider it a wikipedia type of thing and go ahead and correct it if you’re sure. Also, if you can think of anything I’ve missed, can you let me know? Thanks.
BIAP: Baghdad International Airport
Black hawk helicopter: a military helicopter
Building 5 – The former Ba’ath part HQs under Sadam Hussein, now used by US and NATO forces. Aka “Washington”.
CHU – Containerized Housing Unit. A giant shipping container that we all live in here. About the size of a single wide and you almost always share with someone. Pretty comfortable, outfitted with an AC/heating unit, a single bed, a wardrobe and bedside table. CHUs can be ‘wet’ or ‘dry’. A wet chu has bathroom facilities; a dry chu doesn’t. So far, I’ve experienced only a dry chu.
Chinook: Large -Canadian made- helicopter that can seat about 30 people and take luggage.
Conus Replacement Centre. “Conus” refers to the US continent, i.e.continental US and is a place where all military and non-military personnel who are going abroad on a mission (or returning from one) have to pass through for readiness in theatre. I found an explanation of the Fort Benning one and have included a link for anyone who wants the details of what it’s like.
COB: Contingency Operating Base (a military base which differs from a FOB but I don’t fully understand how): to place troops in battle formation
Deploy: to move into a position of readiness and availability
DFac: Dining Facility – usually large-vast cafeterias
Dyncorp: The name of the company I work for
FIN: Foreign Social Insurance Number for non American citizens to be able to work for the American government
FOB: Forward Operating Base – a military base used to support tactical operations
Helo: abbreviation for helicopter
IED: Improvised Explosive Device (home made bomb)
IZ: International Zone (aka “Green Zone”). The part of Baghdad that is heavily guarded by US troops – and, increasingly now, by Iraqi military.
Mayor’s Cell – military unit, akin to the mayorality of a small town, that handles facilities and infrastructure at a (temporary) base.
Mil Air: Military Airplane
MRAP: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle
MWR – Morale, Welfare and Recreation (computers, games, books, pool tables, lounge areas, TVs & movies, etc.)
PX/BX – Post Exchange / Base Exchange. A store where you can buy a variety of items from toothpaste to microwaves. The small ones are like ill-equipped convenience stores; the big ones are like a walmart or Zellers.
R&R: Rest and Relaxation – vacation time
Streicher: The name of the US airforce base I’ve been assigned to, very near the northern town of Tikrit
TSIRT: Theatre Specific Individual Readiness Training – basically means training that prepares a person for the place they’ll be deployed to.
T-Walls: twelve-foot-high (3.7 m) portable, steel-reinforced concrete walls used for blast protection in Iraq and Afghanistan.
USF: United States Forces
USFI: United States Forces Iraq