Camp Marez

Overview

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.

In early 2004 FOB Glory / Fire Base Glory was renamed Camp Marez.
On December 21, 2004, at 2:01PM, an explosion tore through a crowded U.S. military mess tent during lunch service, killing at least 22 people and wounding 69. 19 of the dead were U.S. soldiers. The explosion was caused when a suicide bomber disguised as an Iraqi National Guard trainee blew himself up inside the mess tent.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Facility

The new Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) airfield in Mosul, which officially opened its doors in June 2003, is located where the 101st Assault Command Post operated shortly after the division moved into the city in mid-April 2003. Col. Jerry Dolinish, commander, 101st Corp Support Group, was "tagged" with the responsibility of organizing the MWR facility by Brig. Gen. Edward Sinclair, assistant division commander (support), 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The facility was also once an officer's club for the Iraqi Republican Guard before the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It now houses a weight room, movie theatre, beach volleyball court, card game room and a permanent stage that will host future morale boosting performances.

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