Casspir The Friendly Armored Personnel Carrier

Fallujah.

Naturally.

Bumping along in a Casspir, a South African armored personnel carrier, on our way to Anbar Province, western Iraq. The year was 2007 and we were under attack.

Perfect.

Perfect? Yes. For you see, if you decide to get shot at in Iraq in 2007, the best venue for that is inside a Casspir. A Casspir is a big, white, heavily armored vehicle. During Apartheid, the South Africans needed such a vehicle; well, the White South Africans did anyway. The first time I heard of “Casspir”

I was somewhere close to Camp Speicher, northern Iraq and this was to be my “commute car.”  I thought instantly, after seeing my first Casspir, that it was so moniker-ed because it was this big white thing and, being an American, immediately thought of “Casper the Friendly Ghost.” I was wrong.

There is nothing friendly about a Casspir, aside from the fact that he (it) will save your ass.

Casper_Commuter_Vehicle

Riding in a Casspir is probably one of the most uncomfortable things one can experience. The seats are small. The quarters cramped.

The air conditioning nonexistent. The suspension sans shock absorbers.

The windows, smallish, which open up just enough to point a rifle through, or perhaps allow a round to one’s head. The driver, usually a Wanna-be Rambo with poor grammar and a poorer sense of direction.

No fun riding in a Casspir.

Inside Casper

But on that day, back in ’07, just outside Fallujah there was no better place to be. Casspirs were often called the ‘Best Bug-Out Vehicles’ in Iraq.

First they shot at us with RPG’s (rocket propelled grenades). They fell somewhat short. Following up, they hit us with AK47 rounds. (Those didn’t fall short) Our PLS truck

(Pallet-loading system) lost a windshield. Some of our “light-skinned” vehicles lost windshields and windows as well. “Casper” got hit, but the rounds barely scratched the paint (Thank you South Africa). No one lost his life, but we were somewhat shaken and more than a little pissed off.

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Re-Run Alert–Watch The Vid–The Happiest Year of My Life Remembered

The news of late from CNN foretells the fall of Anbar Province and of Baghdad. I spent one year working in Anbar Province. This was the happiest (on record) year of my life.

I am attaching a video and yes it is corny, and yes, the music is somewhat ‘gay’, and no, this was not a video that I made, or would have made.

It is a video made by the Filipinos who worked for/with me during this time. They made this vid as a ‘going away’ present for me when I decided to leave Anbar (Camp Wolfe) to work for an Iraqi company in Baghdad. Filipinos lean toward sentimental, hence their choice of music. To them it was fittin’. I loved them all.

I cherish this video and the sentiment behind it.

I do hope you will watch.


Cheers,

Lance

P.S. Hint: I am the guy in the black gimme cap and the black jacket. Bob The Mechanic is the guy with the beard, wearing the overalls.

080116 Wolf Looking Northeast
080116 Wolf Looking Northwest
080116 Wolf Looking Southeast LN LSA

Steinbeck

Edit That.

 As a “thinking” person, I do not believe in ‘Creation Science’. Nor do I believe in “God.”2.0

“Tired of being all alone here…late at night”

I am a Socialist!

“Socialist:” One who needs warm bodies akin… his skin.”

Ukraine

Yeah. I am Pissed.

And I don’t even have a dog in this fight–

Although I have been to the region.

I KNOW Some Ukrainians

Friends of Mine

Cred: Wendover Productions

Putin MUST Be STOPPED!

This is Bull-Shite!

I Tried to Wire Money to the Freedom Fighters in Kiev.

My Bank Called Me Up And Informed Me I had No Money

Well Shite!

I wish

I were there.

I love Livin’ And Survivin’ & Not Dyin’ In War Zones

(Spent Almost Fifteen Years…)

They Are Thrilling For Me

“The Water Well”–Anbar Province, Western Iraq Circa 2007 or Eight. I forget

This post is just a little reminisce

Camp Manager Me

I Be So Glad… When The Sun Goes Down

Cred: ALilyAmongstThorns

When I first arrived at Camp Wolf, Anbar Province western Iraq, I was ‘Safety Manager’.

Three months later I was Camp Manager (Semi-long story how that came to pass)

I reviewed the camp papers handed down to me

Discovered that we were giving the Iraqis 3000 gallons of diesel fuel per month to run the pump that pumped water into our camp. This sounded suspect to me, so I checked out a truck from the motor pool and drove to the well.

What did I discover there? A twenty horse-power motor pumping water into my camp, Camp Wolf. It had a fuel tank of perhaps five gallons.

“This is bullshit” I muttered under my breath. I drove back into camp. Phoned up my boss in Baghdad:

“Troy, did you know we been giving the Iraqis three thousand gallons of diesel EVERY month to run a twenty horsepower motor to run a pump? What do you want me to do?”

“You’re the camp manager; figger it out.”

*****

I summoned the sheik from the Iraqi faux base living outside my perimeter

We had a ‘meeting’

I informed him he would no longer be receiving 3000 gallons of diesel from us–the U.S. of us,

He said, “What if something bad happens to the well?”

I said, “Listen asshole, if something, anything happens to that well, I will bring the full-force of the US Military down on you.” (I was bluffing of course, I had no such power but it worked.)

From then on, he got 500 gallons of fuel per month–and that was generous on my part

*****

Stupid is as Stupid Does: “The Happiest Year of My Life Remember’d” One Takes Their Memories Wherever One May Find Them–That, Right There is An Original Quote by Yers-Surly–Lancers

The news of late from CNN foretells the fall of Anbar Province and of Baghdad. I spent one year working in Anbar Province. This was the happiest (on record) year of my life.

I am attaching a video and yes it is corny, and yes, the music is somewhat ‘gay’, and no, this was not a video that I made, or would have made.

It is a video made by the Filipinos who worked for/with me during this time. They made this vid as a ‘going away’ present for me when I decided to leave Anbar (Camp Wolfe) to work for an Iraqi company in Baghdad. Filipinos lean toward sentimental, hence their choice of music. To them it was fittin’. I loved them all.

I cherish this video and the sentiment behind it.

I do hope you will watch.


Cheers,

Lance

P.S. Hint: I am the guy in the black gimme cap and the black jacket. Bob The Mechanic is the guy with the beard, wearing the overalls.

080116 Wolf Looking Northeast
080116 Wolf Looking Northwest
080116 Wolf Looking Southeast LN LSA

Steinbeck,

Edit That.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRoj3jK37Vc

 As a “thinking” person, I do not believe in ‘Creation Science’. Nor do I believe in “God.”

Al Green – Tired Of Being Alone

Cred for Vid Share: AlexMex54

“Tired of being all alone here…late at night”

I am a Socialist! (Sorta)

“Socialist:” One who needs warm bodies akin… his skin.”

The Happiest Year of My Life Remembered

The news of late from CNN foretells the fall of Anbar Province and of Baghdad. I spent one year working in Anbar Province. This was the happiest (on record) year of my life.

I am attaching a video and yes it is corny, and yes, the music is somewhat ‘gay’, and no, this was not a video that I made, or would have made.

It is a video made by the Filipinos who worked for/with me during this time. They made this vid as a ‘going away’ present for me when I decided to leave Anbar (Camp Wolfe) to work for an Iraqi company in Baghdad. Filipinos lean toward sentimental, hence their choice of music. To them it was fittin’. I loved them all.

I cherish this video and the sentiment behind it.

I do hope you will watch.


Cheers,

Lance

P.S. Hint: I am the guy in the black gimme cap and the black jacket. Bob The Mechanic is the guy with the beard, wearing the overalls.

080116 Wolf Looking Northeast
080116 Wolf Looking Northwest
080116 Wolf Looking Southeast LN LSA

Steinbeck

Edit That.

 As a “thinking” person, I do not believe in ‘Creation Science’. Nor do I believe in “God.”2

“Tired of being all alone here…late at night”

I am a Socialist!

“Socialist:” One who needs warm bodies akin… his skin.”