Camp Victory

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Camp Victory
Baghdad International Airport grounds
Al Faw night.jpg
Al Faw palace, illuminated during the change of command ceremony between III Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps, early February 2005.
Type Logistics facility
Site information
Owner  Iraq
Site history
In use 2003 - 1 December 2011
Battles/wars Iraq War
Garrison information
Past
commanders
GEN Raymond T. Odierno (May 2009-December 2011)
LTG Lloyd J. Austin (February 2008-May 2009)
LTG Raymond T. Odierno (December 2006-February 2008)
LTG Peter W. Chiarelli (January 2006-December 2006)
LTG John R. Vines (February 2005-January 2006)
Garrison XVIII Airborne Corps (????-December 2011)
III Corps(February 2010-????)
I Corps(March 2009-February 2010)
XVIII Airborne Corps(February 2008- March 2009)
III Corps(December 2006-February 2008)

Camp Victory was the primary component of the Victory Base Complex (VBC) which occupied the area surrounding the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). The Al-Faw Palace, which served as the headquarters for the Multi-National Corps - Iraq (and later United States Forces - Iraq until it was turned over to the Government of Iraq on December 1, 2011), was located on Camp Victory. Camp Victory itself lay approximately 5 kilometers from BIAP.[1]

Other Camps that made up the Victory Base Complex included Camp Liberty (formerly known as Camp Victory North), Camp Striker, and Camp Slayer. On December 1, 2011, Camp Victory, under agreement with the Iraqi Government in 2008, was handed over by the United States to the Iraqis.[2]

Living conditions[edit]

Camp Victory was named after V Corps, also called Victory Corps, from Heidelberg, Germany. They began to occupy the area in April 2003. Camp Victory had several living support areas; Freedom Village,[3] and Dodge Cities North and South, Omaha Beach and Audie Murphy LSAs, Red Leg LSA, along with building 51F, which is commonly known as "Area 51". There were also two smaller living areas reserved for government contractors, as well as a third for employees of an Iraqi contracting company.

The trailers of Dodge City North. The tall structure in the distance is a Saddam-era bat house.

Camp Victory contained one dining facility; the "Sports Oasis DFAC". The "Coalition Cafe" was a smaller dining facility that closed after midnight meal on April 30, 2010 as part of the troop drawdown in Iraq. There were also several chain restaurants, located near the PX on Camp Liberty; including a Pizza Hut, a Subway, a Cinnabon, a Burger King, a Taco Bell, and a Green Beans coffee cafe. Additionally a new bowling center were opened to the northwest of Camp Victory main and a Turkish restaurant/hookah/coffee bar near Lost Lake just east of Dodge City North.

Camp Victory had a small AAFES shoppette south of the Sports Oasis DFAC with an additional Green Beans Cafe, Pizza Hut, Barber Shop, and Turkish novelty goods stores. Two basketball courts also occupy this area and one has been converted to a soccer court. Separating the contairized housing units or CHUs and the eating establishments was "Tumlin Field" a popular spot for american football pickup games. The Tumlin Field sign read "Tumlin Field, cause not all the fighting is done outside the wire".

Morale, welfare, and recreation[edit]

WWE superstars performing for the Coalition troops at Camp Victory, December 2003

Camp Victory was also a common stop for USO tours, including entertainers such as Charlie Daniels,[4] Stephen Colbert, and NFL players. Camp Victory had a well-equipped gym, and was always in use by the many troops on post. There were two Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) buildings on Camp Victory, one near Building 51F and the other near Dodge City South. They provided free internet access, commercial phones, televisions, and indoor sports equipment such as table tennis and air hockey. Internet access was also available at housing on post to soldiers at a rate of $65 per month, which was provided by a private contractor.

WWE had held their annual Tribute to the Troops at the base several times.

Cultural references[edit]

Part of the 2008 film The Hurt Locker was set at Camp Liberty.

Camp Victory was a featured "Santa Cam" location for the 2007 NORAD Tracks Santa tracking season.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American bases in Iraq". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. December 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Baghdad Bulletin". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Daniels visits Camp Victory". Archived from the original on March 16, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  5. ^ NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2007 - Baghdad, Iraq - English from YouTube

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