I'm glad I was able to find the name of the military camp you're
looking for. This was a toughie, since search engines aren't very good
at guessing spellings. When my initial searches for "Aristamayah" and
similar things turned up nothing useful, I noodled around with search
term combinations such as "camp * iraq," without success.
This was the search string that finally led me to "Rustamiyah":
Google Web Search: military camp bagdad
Camp Rustamiyah, in Baghdad, was formerly known as "Camp Cuervo" and
as "Camp Muleskinner." It is located in an area which previously
served as the home to a military academy for Saddam's Republican
"The top military academy under Saddam Hussein's regime, called
Rustumia College [Ar Rustamiyah], is in eastern Baghdad. The
prestigious Baghdad Military Academy, Iraq's West Point, is also known
as the Iraqi Military Academy or the Iraqi War College. The school
includes gyms, barracks, rifle ranges, offices, a pool, museum,
library, grenade practice area, clock tower and a screening room where
movie reels were unwound on the carpeted floor.
In 1957 Saddam failed the entrance exam at the Baghdad Military
Academy (probably because he had not finished high school), which
devastated Saddam. Most of the enlisted soldiers described their
officers as distant, but normally not as a threat. Iraqi officer
training was described by a captured graduate of the Baghdad Military
Academy as "on the Sandhurst model," suggesting a British influence
and a subsequent separation between the ranks of officers and
enlisted. Officers were often politically appointed and not regarded
as tactically competent by their men.
On 31 March 2003 American warplanes bombed the barracks of the main
training center of the Iraqi paramilitary forces in eastern Baghdad's
Camp Muleskinner was renamed Camp Cuervo on 01 April 2004. Camp
Muleskinner was home to part of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The
Difac (dining facility) at Camp Muleskinner is also called the KBR, as
it's built and operated by the company Kellogg, Brown and Root. The
411th Civil Affairs, is based here. It's also home for the support
units of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The name comes from the
days when the cavalry sometimes had to eat their own mules to survive.
The 411th Civil Affairs was based at the Canal Hotel compound, where
UN headquarters are. But it was the target of two bombings so they
The 2nd Cavalry Regimental Change of Command occurred in Baghdad on 18
June at 0700 hrs at Muleskinner Base adjacent to Redcatcher Field in a
little soccer field at the old Iraqi Republican Guard Training
Facility (now occupied by RSS, 4/2, 2-6 IN, and 3-7IN).
Muleskinner base has been designated as one of the enduring US
compounds that will remain in Iraq."
"Mortar attacks, raids by armed bandits and supply difficulties were
some of the problems which confronted a British-led team fronting a
multi-million dollar project to regenerate Iraq?s derelict military
Constructed 80 years ago by the British, the ruined Iraqi Military
Academy Al Rustamiyah, in eastern Baghdad, is being rebuilt to train a
new generation of Iraqi Army officers.
After a decade of neglect it was abandoned altogether by staff and
cadets last year and quickly stripped bare by looters, who left
hundreds of decaying buildings strewn with litter and broken
'Anything that was movable was taken, even doors, windows and whole
ceilings.' said SSgt Louis Robertson, US Army, who has the unenviable
task of acting as quartermaster for the academy.
The $66 million earmarked for the project is part of $275 million
allocated for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of the Iraqi Army,
and the end result will be facilities to rival anything in the West.
Al Rustamiyah is set to become a leading facility in the Middle East.
A full-size stadium, Olympic swimming pool, air-conditioned gym and
spacious barrack-room accommodation will be the envy of the Royal
Military Academy Sandhurst, on which it is being modelled."
Sandhurst of the Desert
I have gathered some links that I hope will be of interest to you:
Troops make lasting impression with Rustamiyah residents
Soldiers Deliver the Mail in Eastern Baghdad
Troops Make Lasting Impression with Rustamiyah Residents
Google Web Search: rustamiyah
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