Acronyms in Afghanistan

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This letter was originally written in June 2010:

While deployed to Afghanistan one of my relatives printed out all my letters home and then brought them to a dinner to share with friend. They enjoyed reading the stories, but did not understand all of what I was saying because of the number of acronyms I used. It inspired this letter home. My favorite guess for an acronym was MRAP=blanket (a blanket of protection maybe, but not a blanket as you and I think of, read more below to see). And if you ever read a story and I missed an acronym let me know.

[tweetthis]So many acronyms it is hard to keep track! #afghanistan @Airman2Mom[/tweetthis]

So I got an e-mail from one of my realitives and I realized that I use a lot of acronyms and though I thought I wrote out most of them I guess I don’t so here is a run down of some of the acronyms and what
they really mean because the some of the stuff that people come up with is pretty funny.

FOB (Forward Operating Base) – this is my current home.  I live on FOB
Morales-Frazier (MF) the name comes from the first two KIA (Killed In Action) (Americans) at the FOB.
COP (Contigency Out Post) – A COP is smaller than a FOB, I have only been to two COPs they were both pretty small. At one COP i slept under the stars because there were not enough tents
MRAP – Mine resistant ambush protectected vehicles
MATV – Mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicles (I learned these today) These are the two types of vehicles we drive around Afghanistan in.  The MRAP holds a driver, TC (truck commander), a
gunner and four dismounts ( i would be considered a dismount, sometime they refer to me as the special package or cargo) we also have extra security as dismounts they are called PSD (personal security detail)
ISAF- stands for something it really isn’t important, trust me I looked it up, not worth writing down, basically all coaltion forces
DFAC – dining facility (you know where we eat grub, dinner was a special treat of lobster and steak it was actually very yummy!)
QA/QC – Quality assurance/Quality control, basically inspecting the project to ensure it meets Afghan/American standards. An engineering term, not related to military tasks or mission.
BAF – Bagram Air Field, we go there quiet often it is dusty, loud and you have to salute everyone.  it makes us realize how good our FOB is.
TFLF – Task Force La Fayette, this is the French Task Force we fall under.
TF Wolverine – the american Task Force we fall under, i’m not in the Army so i don’t really know how to explain what they are to us, but we go to them for help for our engineering stuff and getting money for
new projects.

We have had a crazy week, we got a new commander so we have been pretty busy, I went on two missions, a few roads and a school. The progress on the roads was good and the school had made a lot of progress.  There was major flood damage at one of the schools which we are working on resolving.  Besides that the days keep going bye one by one, but on a good note a garden has expanded a crazy amount, we now have three patches of land dedicated to gardening some look close to flowering so hopefully we have pumpkins and squash soon. Well I’m ready for bed.

Talk to you all later.  Thanks everyone for the care packages we love all the food and other stuff too.

15 comments on “Acronyms in Afghanistan

  1. WOW!! Such “technical” acronyms! I never knew this – but then again, I think every industry has their own set!!

    Thanks for sharing – and thanks for serving!!

  2. YES! A couple of weeks ago I would not have known what this was all about, but like I said I have been reading American Sniper (almost finished) and they do use a lot of acronyms in the military. I am sure you were so used to it that some of them just came out without even realizing it.

    • I was truly shocked by the email I received asking what all these crazy acronyms meant. They are very common place. If you notice in my letter I had spent time trying to figure out what they actually stood for. I never really cared what the letters stood for as long as I knew what it was talking about.

    • I didn’t like when people interrupted me, but then I realized how confusing throwing around all these crazy letters that don’t mean anything to the average person. I still sometimes miss them when I write.

  3. I am laughing at your description of ISAF (and a joke I will not make here about what it stands for). Even better I know when you wrote this because I know the new commander you mention and chuckled at that as well. So sorry to have sent him to you but I know it worked out for the best for all of us and he learned a lot during his time there 😀 Lastly, I almost take exception to your mention of BAF because I know I supplied you with wonderful dinner conversation and also fabulous crayon and coloring book experiences! While there are many things I disliked about the trip to Afghanistan, becoming friends with you and Natalie was the best thing ever! I would love to see what your family thought the acronyms were because I bet it would be a blast to read.

    • Good point. Correction
      BAF – Bagram Air Field, an awesome, yet dusty place, where Peggy is! And Pedro is there too. Added bonus. Known for their great chow halls and good company. Still not a fan of saluting everyone. 🙂 And I really wasn’t a fan of living out in District 9 (Warrior). Good times.
      I will find the email and send it to you. It was interesting what they came up with, but in all seriousness it was the best feed back I got, I had no idea I was sending emails home that people couldn’t understand. 🙂
      You know that I love you, Natalie and Pedro. I wouldn’t remember Afghanistan as a happy place without you guys!

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