Okay, this is what I’ve gotten from my source on Bagram about the attack the other day and it was confirmed as good poop by another guy I know on Bagram. From the eyes on the ground…
I personally was woken up at around 0345 by the sound of close AK fire. There were around 15 AAF going for ECP 1 with a VBIED and suicide vests… which turned out to be the successful diversion. Apaches were in the air within minutes of all hell breaking loose at ECP 1 but in the interim somewhere between 7-10 AAF with grenades and RPGs made it through the first perimeter fence by Coyote Creek on the North side close to the SF compound. Air cover was already in the air and they were stuck in no man’s land so they went for the final perimeter fence and started tossing grenades over the Hescos trying to hit the living areas (which in my opinion are obviously too close to the fence line). Guys from 173rd and a couple Sr NCOs coming through BAF on R&R put together a team and shot 1 AAF with a stack of RPGs and 3 others with suicide vest that were in the process of breaching the perimeter…At least one had made it through and was killed within moments and the other died stuck in the wire. One of the towers was also breached (although [unconfirmed] rumor has it the AF tower guard, who man the tower with a ANA partner, fled his post…not sure if that is true or just standard AF bashing) All the big stuff was over with by 0630, SAF continued throughout the day. The scary part was how close these guys came to really doing some damage…They were literally within 25 yards of housing areas. Force Protection on BAF is a joke…Simple things like not allowing the vegetation to grow 3 ft high up to the perimeter fence, not having living areas within grenade throwing distance of the weak perimeter and other common sense stuff.
If not for the quick thinking of a few take charge NCOs and a few guys they were able to scoop up, we would have been screwed. Some of those guys wound up badly injured, but they held the (thin) line.
Oh and there were obvious signs that there was a large force forming up for something and probes for the last 6 wks. And they were spot on regarding where the weak points were. Not a warm fuzzy feeling. And it is very curious why this has not gotten more media attention…VERY strange indeed.
Then I asked if the breach and attack were near Camp Cherry-Beasley where I thought it was and this is the response I got…
Yep, the 5 guys the make shift QRF shot were along the stretch behind Cherry Beasley and the North DFAC ending at the UAE compound. Oh and all the dead guys were wearing full ACUs complete with brown t shirt. This was not just some half assed attempt, this was well planned,
coordinated and executed. Each of the dead guys were rigged to blow with HME and grenades.
[There are guys here who] were here back in 2004-2005 and they have mentioned how different the FP is. All the concrete is gone, those of us lucky enough to be in a B-Hut are exposed; we had a contractor killed in my area (Infantry Village) in FEB by a 107 rocket that had his B-hut had something as simple as sand bags, he probably would have made it through…but they have gotten rid of those too… Billeting moves Soldiers into stacked CHUs on the perimeter with NO type of barriers in place… [removed to protect anonymity].
We have kids who like to spend their days throwing rocks across the fence into our work area trying to hit us or our VSAT. The other day one of them had a slingshot and was shooting out the big perimeter lights. BASE OP and FP were called but [the unit] was told they are not responsible for replacing the lights. NO SHIT, think you can maybe send over someone to chase them off? [If any of the soldiers in this unit do anything other verbally reprimand the kids they get UCMJ action no matter how many times they get hit with a rock] There probably was a reason these kids were going after the lights (duh), just like they were likely the ones who supplied the weapons caches they found on the perimeter the last couple days. Oh and we have had Haji come through the fence and right up to the towers at night and walk off with the solar panels…But the guards are at least in full rattle now.
We have tried to go through the right channels, we have jumped up and down and screamed about this stuff, we have gotten IG involved and we get the same BS answers and nothing changes (although IG did get their attention for about a week). Just like this incident will get people spun up for a couple weeks, then it will be back to business as usual. There was no plan for something like this, unless you call random people coming around on a gator telling you to lock and load and sit in the bunker a plan. Makes me long for the days of “stand to”. I guess that we should count ourselves lucky there was no fratricide.
Things don’t look so good out in Bagram. The BDOC at BAF never really did have it all together but now it seems like it’s all falling apart. WTF? Removing the concrete bunkers? Housing within grenade range of the hescoes? That’s JV bullshit. You don’t do that and expect to NOT have all hell break loose.
And for all those that want to throw out the “were you there?” and “did you witness this?” questions, no I wasn’t… but I have two people that way that this is about how it went down so take it for what its worth. I personally tend to believe it.