Fire Base Glory is near the Mosul Airfield, home to the 101st Airborne Division rear command post and various other units. A quick response by Iraqi firefighters on Fire Base Glory helped ensure the safety of soldiers as well as save government equipment after an Army front-end loader struck an unseen land mine on post. Spc. Curtis Lee Cashion, 877th Engineer Battalion, from Hamilton, Ala., was driving the loader at the time of the explosion. The ball of fire engulfed the front scoop and hydraulic system, and Cashion immediately jumped out of the vehicle and moved to safety. 1st.Lt. Jason Sayre, mayor staff officer-in-charge of Fire Base Glory, saw the explosion through his office window and immediately called the fire team into action. Within three minutes, the three-man Iraqi team had sprung into action and extinguished the fire. The men, David Salim Mahmoud, Ausama Amed Ali and Mahmoud Younis Mahiob, were recommended for the Commanding General's "Hero Program," and were commended by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander Maj.Gen. David H. Petraeus in a ceremony on 23 October 2003.
The provenance of the nomenclature "Fire Base Glory" is unclear, since no associated units use this nickname, and there does not appear to have been a "Fire Base Glory" in any previous deployment. The fact of the existence of this location is poorly attested, by a single Army news story. The possiblity cannot be excluded that this report reflected a misunderstanding of "Firebase Gloria" -- which was the subject of the 1989 movie The Siege of Firebase Gloria starring R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser, and Albert Popwell. Based on the true story, this film follows the struggle of a group of Marines as they attempt to defend Firebase Gloria during the Tet Offensive, even though they are greatly outnumbered.