It’s been quite some time since the “end” of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and the point where the last of the U.S. military’s forces egressed out of their respective AOs. But the remnants of their time here can still be found from time to time. In particular, a large footprint can be found deep in Kirkuk, at an airfield held by Peshmerga forces. This base was once known as FOB Warrior.

At one point, Warrior was a massive epicenter for military operations in the Kirkuk region. Shared by both Army and Air Force personnel, accommodations were top of the line, including a huge dining facility, recreation center, Conex housing, and more. No expense was spared. They even had an outdoor USO stage where it appears boxing matches were held, based on some of the ragtag equipment left in the storage room.

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