Former Al Bakr a.k.a. Balad airbase. One of the largest US military bases in Iraq during the Iraq War. It was formerly the largest Iraqi airbase during Saddam Hussein era. Located near Balad, Iraq north of Baghdad.
Coalitions use: The Army's 310th Sustainment Cmd (Expeditionary) and the Air Force's 332d Air Expeditionary Wing were stationed at Balad. The facility was shared by many occupants and had differing names. Until mid-2008 US Army had been in charge but, when the base went "Joint" the USAF took control. Balad was the central logistical hub for forces in Iraq. Camp Anaconda has also been more colloquially-termed "Life Support Area Anaconda" or the "Big Snake". It housed 28,000 military personnel and 8,000 civilian contractors. As American forces left Iraq, Joint Base Balad was returned to the Iraqi air force in 2011.
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