Camp Doha, Kuwait Images 1991-1992
251st S&S Operations Sergeant SSG Kenneth Neeld and the XO (me) in our company Hqtr's trailer.
This is Lt. Seaschultz (JAG Corp) posing with me in front of the Central Issuing Facility. He was up from Daharan to assist soldiers with Income Tax issues. Note the Duty Uniform difference, that's why we're at the CIF.
That's CW2 Bill Watson. The Chief was my maintenance guru. This day was weapons qualification up at Monterey.
This was the view out as I approached the entrance to North Compound. The battalion maintenance area was located there along with our motor pool. The traffic was light in this photo...you didn't want to get stuck behind a convoy, especially if it was an equipment convoy composed of Third Country Nationals (TCN's) arriving from KKMC or Daharan.
Once you made the turn and past the gate house and guards..... this is what you were greeted by! In this case, if you didn't belong here, what you didn't see would hurt you! M1A1 Abrams Tank on overwatch. There's a Bradley Fighting Vehicle (not in photo) on the left side of the gate providing overwatch a little closer to the gate!
This was motor pool and maintenance area throughout my stay. The area served for the 593d FASCO, ASB-Doha, and the 2nd ASB. The little white trailer on the mid right side of the image was the maintenance office, dispatch desk, break room... had the best air conditioner ever I think! You might notice that there are more than tactical vehicles located in the motor pool. My job as the Contracting Officer Representative was the supervision of the Non-Tactical Vehicle fleet. If you needed wheels, I had them (if you were authorized!) Better deals than Avis, no deposit, no credit card.... The NTV's were vehicles provided to the war effort primarily by the Government of Japan, Toyota's Jeep's, Nissan's, you name it, we probably had it! These vehicles were maintained by a contracted service provider, in this case Brown & Root.
We had a problem with tactical vehicles being taken for placement in the Pre-positioned war reserve at one point, the remedy.... I don't know if you can see it or not, but we suspended a steel cable at three points and ran it through the lift rings on the top of the Hummer hoods.
This was a "fun" picture! We were taking a NTV inventory so we lined up the Jeep Cherokee's in the first row and in red, white, and blue order. As good a selection as any state side dealer ship with far better percentage rates! All came with air and am/fm cassette ...we could listen to Armed Forces Radio Desert Network (AFRDN!)
A UH-60 taking off from the pad. The smoke stacks in the background were for the power plant and water desalination plant. Both units are co-located and were outside of the compounds.
This is a photo of a recovery mission inside the North Compound. The M1A1 Abrams was destroyed during the fire that occurred earlier in the year during a follow-on security forces reconstitution. It took two 40 ton cranes to hoist the main battle tank. Soldiers in my maintenance section operated the cranes.
This photo was taken during the mid afternoon. The dark skies result from the smoke from the oil well fires burning to the north of Doha.
The shower and wash facilities were far more "posh" than the toilets (latrines!)
Not all of the sights were bad! These boats were just outside of the North Compound at the end of the road.
There was a mission that I was tasked with that required some air time. I scheduled the mission and selected some soldiers in the unit to come along for a change of pace. The following images were taken after I completed the mission... (it seems that regardless of the mission time requirements, you couldn't get less than a three hour mission! Go figure, the pilots called it "stick Time!")
This was pretty cool! The port side gunners door for the "mission commander" (that's me!)
The "Highway of Death" U.S. and Allied Air Forces attacked the Iraqi's as they were retreating.
You might have seen this "smart bomb" Two jets not at the airbase or airport! during one of those classic press briefings!
This image seems boring, however it is actually a Iraqi logistics base. Look for the sand berms with dark squares or rectangles in the middle of them. Those dark spots are boxes of munitions.
This is what remained of one of Kuwait's satellite communication centers. The Iraqi's utilized this facility as a munitions storage base as well.
Here are a few images taken in the "Highway of Death" from the ground.
No matter were you traveled, you would see a burnt out hulk of Iraqi military hardware or a bunker .
Right from the popular television series "M*A*S*H*"
My understanding is that the British put this together and left it at the Doha Power and Water desalination plant for all to enjoy!
This picture wasn't taken at Camp Doha, but at the Air Point of Departure (APOD)located at Kuwait City International Airport. The smiling captain is Rich McCusker, the commander of the 251st S&S Company (Prov.) The reason he's smiling from ear to ear, he and I were waiting on our plane to start our journey back home to the states!
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