Monday, February 16, 2004

Camp Victory

Camp Victory
Monday, February 16, 2004
6:10:00 AM CST

12 February 2004

Camp Victory is located on the grounds of the palace that Saddam Hussain built near the airport. The palace is surrounded by an artificial lake and has a moat with a bridge leading up to the front door, but the other three sides are surrounded by water and the lake. Lee and I went for a walk around the palace today. The palace itself is now restricted. Construction workers are working on it to restore it for use as home to the American forces in Iraq. The path around the palace and lake runs about 2-1/2 miles.

There are some beautiful buildings on these grounds. Walking down the side of the lake, what is now the Australian Command building has two reliefs on it. One of the reliefs depicts an ancient Iraqui battle. The second relief depicts the Iraquis fighting in the Gulf War against the Americans. You can see the planes and helo's in the relief. Continuing around the path, buildings and watch towers are currently in different states of repair. The American government is painstakingly restoring and repairing these buildings for use by our forces and those of the coalition.

We need someplace safe, so this is as good as any. We are able to make use of the fortified walls, guard towers and other buildings in the palace parimeter. Eventually, this will all be turned back to the Iraqi people.

Tonight, Dave and Jay took me out in the pick-up to scout for a bed frame. The old unit that pulled out left a bunch of bed frames in the one parking lot a week or so ago. Sure enough, one lonely bedframe was still there. It wasn't perfect, but it works for me. As long as I don't have to sleep one more night on that damed cot. I had bought a 4 inch foam mattess during the day today because my back was aching from the cot. The bed is only a small six foot frame, but it holds that small mattress and it will do for now.
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