The most recent wars where US Military have taken part have brought a lot to this new world, and perhaps in all areas, especially wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With high intensity of engagement in hostile areas, it was crucial to simplify communication with new terms / acronyms. We have created a list of shortcodes which are associated with the action of the coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. For each expression and term we added brief explanations and translations.
(Anjel) soldier killed in combat. Usually, the term used by some health care professionals, like combat medics.
Battlefield designation for members of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Their task is to rescue downed pilots, ensuring control of the battlefield, weather reports. The term is relatively a new one, even though the Airmens perform their duties for years.
This is almost 50 pounds of equipment, clothing, over a vest, helmet and ammunition to the guns.
Baghdad International Airport , thus Baghdad International Airport.
Nickname for Anaconda base which is near the town of Balad. It got name due frequent mortar attacks by militants.
Country Coalition, that coalition country. Country who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, called together. “Coalition of the willing”.
Containerized Housing Unit.
Base / opinion consisting of several CHU.
Frequent and unfortunate practice of Iraqi security forces when faced with the enemy. The experience of coalition troops is when they become the target of Iraqi soldiers even a weak fire either flee or run a massive fire in all directions, and it is called Death Blossom.
Dining facilities. DFAC tend to be well equipped (standard part of the TV), and often ornate decorative style cafes (eg sports trophies).
Label for units of Navy’s Construction Battalions. In Iraq, the term began to be used in conjunction with seafarers who fulfill the role of a typical seaman.
A soldier, for example. technician, who never abandons security fob.
Fragmentary order, something like “rip command.” In essence, the abbreviated form of an operational command. It is usually issued on a daily routine. Facilitates overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, but unlike operating order (OPORD), must be based on other orders.
Vehicles Marines have been added to the users according to their own needs, especially additional armor. Led them to poor preservation of the original vehicle. Of the 30 000 vehicles deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan in December 2004, 8,000 did not have absolutely no armor protection. Only 6000 could be described as a fully armored, and 10 000 were equipped with various protective accessories.
Heavily guarded area in central Baghdad, located where several important buildings of the former regime. It is often known as the safest place in Iraq. Located where many state institutions and diplomatic missions in certain countries.
Heavily armored and armored vehicles to protect convoys.
Global War On Terrorism, therefore, the global war against terrorism.
Haji [Haj] armor
Improvised vehicle armor for the Iraqi security forces (usually Humvee). It is actually any metal plate attached to the vehicle.
Any small shop selling things led Iraqis to foreigners.
Patrol of tribes loyal to the Baghdad government.
Actually sell everything from cigarettes to pirated CD / DVD inside the wire. Owned by locals.
Improvised armor literally from scrap. The soldiers often searched the trash to find a suitable steel plates, use them as a shield. Name obtained through 278th regimental combat team of the National Guard, State of Tennessee. Its member Specialist Thomas Wilson became famous when summoned up enough courage, and frankly asked Donald Rumsfeld, during one of his visits to Iraq, why should American soldiers dig in the trash to find the means to defend itself. It was probably one of the most important incentives to “armor” units operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Improvised explosive device, almost most used weapon in attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan
Iraqi Civil Defence Corps
Inside a wire
The term applied to the designation of any U.S. base perimeter.
Interim Transitional Government of Afghanistan, offical Afghan government.
Kandahar Air Field, Kandahars airport, the main Allied base in southern Afghanistan.
Kellogg, Brown & Root, the largest contractor working for US-led coalition forces.
Local National, usually a local person associated with the coalition forces.
Another name for Anaconda base.
Abbreviation for the word mujahedin. From about 2005, the term generally used for Iraqi insurgents by regular coalition forces.
Outside the wire
The area outside the FOB, a security perimeter.
Operation Enduring Freedom
Short for Other Government Agency, meant CIA.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
People Other than Grunts, tulle security units.
Provintional Reconstruction Team, ie Provincial Reconstruction Team. Usually, the civilian workers who are there to coordinate the work and provide humanitarian assistance.
Personal Security Detail, even to the name of the private security agencies.
Red on red
Friendly fire among enemy forces, enemy fire at the enemy. Phenomenon usually in Iraq, and reported few times in recent years.
Area where support staff live and work under security measures.
Shake and bake
A designation for bomb attack. It coming back from Vietnam (Shake and fry.)
Third Country National, that third country. Residents of a neutral country working for coalition forces. Usually, non-military personnel (workers, drivers).
TCP stand for Traffic Control Point, a checkpoint used to ensure control over the same area.
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, usually recognized as a car bomb.
The war against terrorism is going on, so the US military improvizations, this is not the only and not the final list of terms and expressions used by US soldiers to simplify communication on the battlefield.