If you are with the United States military or you have been hired as a civilian contractor to serve in the Middle East, you will want to know what to expect. I have worked with some of the native people and people from many other countries around the world, not just Americans. Civilians and military personnel work together to defeat the terrorists in both countries.
The land is a desert, yet for a few months each year, you think you are experiencing Noah's flood. For most of the year, it is hot with temperatures exceeding 130 degrees and yet some nights a winter coat is required. Believe it or not, some parts up in the mountains actually get snow!
Afghanistan is a bit different with it tall peaks, colder winters and milder summers.
It is filled with many peace-loving people and yet there are so many hateful insurgents and terrorists who want to kill all Americans--The same Americans who have purchased the Iraqi and Afghanistan people's freedom with their very lives.
By the way, most Iraqi civilians were very happy to have us in their country, helping them to obtain freedom from terrorists. They just wanted to live in peace and were glad that we were there to defeat Saddam Hussein.
After my four years in Iraqi territory, I spent a year in Afghanistan so there is a bit about that country on this site as well. During my travels, some of my jobs took me to other Middle Eastern countries for some interesting times. I made many close friendships during the war. War does that whether you are in the military or if you are a civilian.
As you read the site, keep in mind that the situation in Middle East is constantly changing so some of my information may be old. If you have current information then we would appreciate it if you would send it to us.
I also try to post as much job information as I can. However, it is very hard for me to keep it up to date. A lot of it may be out of date but you will at least get an idea on where and how to apply.
But, since American is bringing her children home, then many of the civilian jobs are disappearing. One recruiter told me that it is nothing to have 100,000 resumes for one opening.
Enjoy the site.
|War in Afghanistan News |
This page talks about my political view of the War in Afghanistan News.
This page talks about the United States' involvement in the Libyan War.
|Live Weather Anywhere|
This page will give you live weather anywhere to include the Middle East.
|About the Author|
This page is about the author of this site, David Schulze.
|Search This Site|
This page contains a search engine to search this site.
This site is my personal site. It accepts advertising, advertisers and other forms of compensation. Such compensation does not influence the information in this site.
|Contact Iraq Up Close and Personal|
Please feel free to Contact Iraq Up Close and Personal at any time with your comments and experiences in Iraq. With your permission, we may post them to the website.
|Build Your Own Business|
This page is about how to build your own business withSite Build It or SBI for short.
New Information gives a description of all the new pages and information on this site.
|My Family Sites|
This page is about my family sites. For this we start with a site by my wife called
|Poppy Eradication Force|
I have posted a poem on this page written by a person I use to work with on the Poppy Eradication Force in Afghanistan.
|Job Opportunities In Iraq And Afghanistan|
If you are interested in good job opportunities in Iraq and/or in Afghanistan, I have composed a useful list of companies for you.
|Jobs in Saudi Arabia|
This page talks about Jobs in Saudi Arabia and other areas of the Middle East as well.
This page is about DoD Jobs for civilians.
This page is a daily update for Kuwait jobs with Iraq and Afghanistan.
|AAFES In Iraq|
AAFES in Iraq aka Army Air Force Exchange Service can be found on almost all of our military bases in Iraq.
|World Wide Jobs|
This page is about World Wide Jobs found through a company called Aprodex.
|Security Jobs in Iraq|
Security jobs in Iraq are plentiful. The United States military and civilian personnel need security protection.
This page lists some possible job contact information for civilian recruiters.
|Police Jobs In Iraq|
If you are looking for police jobs in Iraq, then you have a good chance of finding employment. Security jobs are numerous due to volatile conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Medical Jobs in Iraq|
This page talks about Medical Jobs in Iraq. I saw these on Military Hire.
|Job Listings For Iraq|
When searching for job listings for Iraq, Military Hire.com has a good website. I have gotten leads off of it for both of my jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Electrician Jobs in Iraq|
This page is about Electrician Jobs in Iraq.
|Paramedic Jobs in Iraq|
This page is about paramedic jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Contracting Jobs in Iraq|
Contracting Jobs in Iraq are available but you will have to hunt for them and be patient.
|KBR Jobs in Afghanistan|
This page gives links to KBR Jobs in Afghanistan.
|Northrop Grumman Jobs|
This page is about Northrop Grumman Jobs.
|Truck Driving Jobs in Iraq|
This page is about Truck Driving Jobs in Iraq.
|Security Companies in Iraq|
Security Companies in Iraq have a hard job protecting civilians from insurgents.
|Jobs with Halliburton in Iraq|
This page is about Jobs with Halliburton in Iraq.
This page talks about Salerno Afghanistan otherwise knows as Camp Salerno or FOB Salerno.
|Care Packages To Iraq and Afghanistan|
The best way to send care packages to Iraq is by US mail. Your package will be sent to Iraq by a military overseas address.
|Camp Phoenix Afghanistan|
This page is about Camp Phoenix Afghanistan.
|Flight To Kabul|
My second flight to Kabul was delayed.....After flying over 200,000 miles without any problems,back and forth to places in the Middle East, I finally got a delay. This led to my nonstop flight to Du
This page talks about the Afghanistan Climate which varies from hot and dry in the Summer with dust storms to cold and wet in the Winter with lots of snow especially in the higher elevations.
I am now in my new home away from home. Location Afghanistan. I have spent the last few days inprocessing.
|Russian in Afghanistan|
This page is about Russian in Afghanistan and other information.
|Taliban In Afghanistan|
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked on home soil. The Taliban in Afghanistan, namely Osama bin Laden, was responsible.
|Afghanistan Time Zone|
This page is about the Afghanistan Time Zone.
|Afghanistan Major Cities|
This page is about Afghanistan Major Cities and other comments by the Author.
|Photos From Afghanistan|
This page is full of photos from Afghanistan to show you how clean and beautiful it is.
|Large Map of Afghanistan|
This page is about Large Map of Afghanistan and other maps and information of the country.
|Afghanistan Flight To Kabul|
So you are taking your first Afghanistan flight. Flying in and out of Kabul Airport is fairly routine. Here are a few tips that might help with your entry and departure at Kabul.
|Treatment of Women in Afghanistan|
Treatment of Women in Afghanistan
The Iraq pullout or drawdown or end of combat in Iraq is well underway as some 80,000 American troops have been pulled out of Iraq as of August 2010...
This page is about Air Iraq which is the new air line for Iraq. They will have direct flights from Iraq to Washington.
|Al-Qaeda or Al-Qaida|
Osama bin Laden started Al-Qaeda also spelled al-Qaida. In 1996, he moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and forged an alliance with the Taliban.
This page is about Al-Sadr and his call for attacks on the United States because of Israel's attacks on Hamas.
|Ali Al Saleem Airbase|
Going to Iraq from Ali Al Saleem Airbase in Kuwait takes time. Bring your patience and some good books to read.
|Why Is America In Iraq?|
Why is America in Iraq? Well, if we do not win in Iraq, the insurgents will look upon it as a victory. With this victory they will bring religious slaughter to Iraq and only the strongest religious
|Arrival In Kuwait|
Your arrival in Kuwait begins when you stop off the plane from the United States and/or Europe.
Assyria was a kingdom on the Tigris River. Its first capitol was Assur but later it was changed to Ninevah.
Ancient Babylon is modern day Al Hillah, Iraq. Its ruins are about 80 kilometers south of Baghdad.
|Baghdad International Airport|
Baghdad International Airport is now both a military and a civilian airport. It has a military terminal and a civilian terminal.
Our adventure in Balad Iraq started when we had taken a trip up to Camp Danger in Tikrit. On the way home to Baqubah, our adventure began.....
One of the major hot zones in Ithis country is Baqubah Iraq. I spent 18 months there at Camp Warhorse and we took a ton of incoming.
|Basra Iraq Controlled By Iraqi Forces|
Today, September 3, 2007, is a big day in Basra Iraq! The last of the British troops providing security there pulled out.
|Benazir Bhutto Assassinated At Age 54|
As she waved to the masses from her vehicle's sunroof, Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, was assassinated. She was shot in the neck on Thursday, December 27, 2007. The vehicle was
|Beheaded In Iraq|
Iraq contractors were told they were going to be beheaded in Iraq if they continued to work for us.
The security company in Iraq known as Blackwater has changed its name to Xe. Blackwater Xe has had a lot of bad publicity in the news over the past few years.
|Bored In Iraq|
From time to time, the bombs stop dropping and we catch up on work and get bored in Iraq. While it is true that most of the time the military is busy fighting and patrolling and civilians are working
|President Bush Visits Iraq Again|
President Bush visits Iraq again today, Labor Day, September 3, 2007.
|Camp Liberty Shooting|
This page is about the Camp Liberty Shooting that took place on May 11th, 2009. This shooting was soldier on soldier violence.
|Army Bases in Iraq|
This page gives a list of Army Bases in Iraq. For detailed information visit the pages we have on actual bases.
|Al Asad Airbase|
I have been at Al Asad Airbase since October of 2005. I was called over by my company to build a hardward store.
|Camp Bucca Iraq|
This page is about Camp Bucca Iraq.
This page is about Camp Cobra, Iraq
I took a trip to Speicher and Camp Danger in Tikrit in December of 2005, just after Christmas. Our company got a convoy together to ride with the Army.
This page information and pictures sent to us about Camp Falcon Iraq.
|Camp Falcon Explosion|
This page is a seris of videos and pictures of a Camp Falcon Explosion.
|Camp Falcon Iraq|
Camp Falcon Iraq is a base outside of Baghdad that used to be called Camp Ferrin-Huggins. In Arabic, this base is known as Camp Al-Saqr.
|Camp Liberty Iraq|
Camp Victory North, also known as Camp Liberty Iraq or Camp al-Tahreer, is located northeast of Baghdad International Airport.
|Camp Taji Iraq|
Camp Taji Iraq is located about 12 miles northwest of Baghdad. In addition to US troops being stationed at this camp, a portion of the Iraqi National Guard and the Iraqi Army are also there.
Camp Taqaddum or TQ for short is located in Central Iraq, 74 kilometers west of Baghdad. It is on the outskirts of Ramadi. This means it is inside of the dangerous al Anbar Province.
|Camp Victory In Baghdad|
In early 2005, I traveled from Baqubah to Camp Victory in Baghdad for a company meeting.
|Camp Victory Iraq|
I just received orders this past weekend to head to Camp Victory Iraq instead of Fallujah or Baqubah. I visited Camp Victory for a short business trip a few years ago but did not get to see much.
|Camp Warhorse Baqubah|
I would like to share the story of how I first got to Camp Warhorse Baqubah.
|Atlas Map of Iraq|
This page talks about Atlas Map of Iraq.
|Canadian Forces Afghanistan|
Canadian Forces Afghanistan mission began soon after the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
|Christmas Packages To Iraq|
Christmas is upon us, especially for those wanting to send Christmas packages to Iraq for a loved one or for a soldier in general.
|Sending Package to Iraq|
This page is about sending package to Iraq from another country than the United States.
|Casualties In Iraq War|
The American casualties in Iraq war show that currently 4047 (as of April 23, 2008) troops and civilians have been killed, and more are killed everyday.
|Causes Of War With Iraq|
Causes of war with Iraq are controversial, not only in America, but around the world. President Bush calls it the war on terror and, indeed, it is a war on terror.
|Christmas In Iraq|
Christmas in Iraq can be downright depressing. You are away from your loved ones, your home, all that is familiar.
|Civilian Jobs In Iraq|
Civilian jobs in Iraq are plentiful and most pay very well, especially the jobs with American companies.
Operation Climate Iraq began today. This operation seeks to keep contractors in Iraq aware of the heat and the need to drink plenty of water.
|Climate in Baghdad Iraq|
This page is about the climate in Baghdad Iraq.
|Civilian Travel Iraq|
Civilian travel Iraq and other parts of the Middle East is fairly simple but it takes time. Bring your patience with you, along with a few good books to read.
|Combat Footage Iraq|
This page has Combat Footage Iraq. Some things you see will upset you so be sure you really want to look at these before you start.
|Construction Jobs in Iraq|
During one of my construction jobs in Iraq, there was a change of personnel and I found myself promoted to camp manager.
|Contract Work In Iraq|
So you want to do some contract work in Iraq and make a good salary? Great. But there are some things you must know about working outside of the country first.
|Contractor Jobs In Iraq|
For the past four years, I have had several contractor jobs in Iraq.
|Culture In Iraq|
Culture in Iraq is openly expressed through music, sculpture, and, to a lesser degree, movies.
|The Culture Of Iraq|
The culture of Iraq is diverse. About 75% of the Iraqi people are Arab.
|Currency Exchange Involving Iraqi Dinar|
From the first day I landed in Iraq I heard people talk about currency exchange involving Iraqi dinar. They were buying up Iraqi dinar in some scheme of selling it back for many times what they paid
|Customs in Iraq|
This page is about Customs in Iraq, both people and exporting/importing.
|Day War Started|
The day war started can be traced back to August of 1990, when Saddam attacked Kuwait. Why did Saddam attack Kuwait?
|Declare War On Iraq|
This page is about a discussion I had with an individual on Declare War on Iraq.
|Desert Sandstorms In Iraq And Afghanistan|
Desert sandstorms in the Middle East are common. They can come up suddenly, with little to no warning and catch many Americans by surprise! Yes, I have been surprised by Iraq sandstorms and by Afghani
Some companies will fly you to Dubai Airport, instead of Kuwait before you enter Iraq.
|Eating In Iraq |
The defac or dining facility is the main place for civilians and the military alike for eating in Iraq.
|Electricity In Iraq|
I get a lot of e-mails about electricity in Iraq. When traveling outside the United States it is important to remember that electrical current is different.
|Employment In Iraq|
During my employment in Iraq, I worked with some Filipinos. I had one who was a hard worker.
|Female Soldiers In Iraq|
There are many female soldiers in Iraq. There are outstanding women in our brave US military, but this article is about Iraqi women.
Fallujah Iraq is about forty miles to the west of Baghdad on the Euphrates River. It has become the most violent city in Iraq during the war and is home to the Sunni resistance group called Wahabi.
|Fast Food In Iraq|
Surprisingly, fast food in Iraq is available on military bases. Civilians and military personnel can eat it now.
|Flight To Iraq|
Once you are through with immigration processing, you will get ready for your flight to Iraq.
|Food In Iraq|
Food in Iraq is provided by the United States military and other sources.
|Garden Of Eden In Iraq Is Possibly Located In Qurna|
Qurna is believed by many to be the location of the Garden of Eden in Iraq.
Halliburton Iraq, also known as KBR (Kellogg, Brown, and Root), is big business for the company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.
|Holidays In Iraq|
For civilians, the holidays in Iraq and in Afghanistan are pretty much the same as any workday. The various companies I have worked for did nothing very special.
This page is about the Hesco Barrier or Hesco for short used for defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Tigris River Honeymoon Island In Baghdad|
Did you know that Iraq has a Tigris River Honeymoon Island In Baghdad? A news story on the internet this past week caught my attention. All we ever hear about is war and destruction
|Insects In Iraq|
Insects in Iraq are abundant. Sand flies in Iraq are very small creatures that jump and transmit an irritating disease that can be deadly.
|Internet In Iraq|
Keeping in touch with your loved ones during the war is easy with the internet in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Satellite Internet In Iraq|
Guess what? Even though it is a desert in a war zone, there is satellite internet in Iraq!
Iraqi Airlines is better known as Iraqi Airways. Iraqi Airways is the oldest airline in the Middle East beginning back in 1946. Iraqi Airways continued to operate with 17
|Iraq Bases Water|
Don't drink Iraq bases water! Water supplies are low here, much of it polluted.
The page is about American Military getting Iraq Beer for the Suprer Bowl.
An Iraq beheading is always an unnecessary tragedy performed by insurgents. One of the saddest days for us while I was at Camp Warhorse in Baqubah, was to find out that three of our workers were
Some more Iraq Christmas stories are listed on this page, along with some spent at home. Looks like I will be spending this Christmas (2008) away from my family again, this time in Afghanistan...
|Iraq Combat Footage|
Iraq Combat Footage starts off with an M1 tank firing at some insugents in a building.
|Iraq Construction Jobs|
My travels because of my Iraq construction jobs have taken me to a lot of different countries.
|Iraqi Dinar Forums|
iThere are many Iraqi dinar forums hosted by people offering various opinions on what should be done and what should not be done regarding this topic. There are many sites about investing/buying Iraqi
Do you ever wonder what authentic Iraq food is like? What do the people of Iraq eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Iraq geography is a contrast, from snowy mountain peaks to sea level at the Gulf, from desert sands to the Garden of Eden.
A brief Iraq history is as follows: It gained its independence from British rule in 1932.
Iraqi holidays are generally determined by the position of the moon. There is a general idea when a holiday will be but the exact date of a particular holiday is determined by the lunar cycle of the
This page is about Iraq jobs. These are jobs in Iraq with an Iraqi company.
Everyone wants to know what his/her Iraqi location will be as soon as a civilian or one of our military troops says he/she is being deployed. There are so many bases in Iraq to choose from.
|Iraq Oil Industry|
This page talks about the Iraq Oil Industry.
The Sunni Iraq people supported Saddam Hussein.
|Iraq Security Jobs|
Iraq security jobs are abundant now, both on and off of military bases here. Many of these security companies are American, but some are not.
The official Iraq religion is Islam. Muslims (those who practice Islam) account for a whopping 97% of the Iraqi population.
Camp Warhorse at Baqubah was subject to Iraq Snipers.
|Iraq Silly String|
A big shipment is on its way to the war. What is it? Iraq Silly String . But why? First if you do not have kids, you may not know what this toy is.
|Iraq Spiders |
I have been receiving a lot of e-mails about Iraq spiders, namely camel spiders. Are they for real? Do they really exist? Yes!
Iraq soldiers are being trained by American soldiers to take their place.
Iraq updates of the latest news is being put on my site for your convenience. It helps us to stay updated with what is going on all over the country. When you are in the middle of a warzone,
|Iraq War Beheadings|
In 2004 and 2005, Iraq War beheadings were the insurgents choice weapon of terror. However, there was a large out cry about the Iraq war beheadings by the Iraqis and even Al Queda started to speak
|Iraq War Bombing|
Iraq war bombing is now a way of life. I have experienced a lot of them and so have many of my buddies.
|Iraq War Casualty Statistics|
This page is about Iraq War Casualty Statistics for all countries.
|Iraqi War Footage|
When searching for Iraqi War footage, I can say a few things but mostly I will give you web sites to go to. There is a lot of footage out there. You just have to know where to look.
|Iraq War Helicopter|
In the Iraq war helicopter travel is one of the most-used modes of transportation for both military personnel and civilians.
|Iraq War Pics|
This page depicts life in Iraq by showing Iraq war pics. These are not of the war, but of the people fighting and supporting the war.
|Weather In Iraq|
Weather in Iraq can be as messy as a Michigan snowstorm in the upper peninsula.
This page is about Islam growth.
KIA Iraq is a hard subject to talk about. Already thousands of American lives have been taken in their prime. Many thousands more bear the scars of service, both physical and mental.
|John McCain AKA John Mcain|
Our choices for the presidency this year (2008) are John McCain aka John Mcain as some are spelling it or Barack Obama. Are they the best people for the job? I do not think so. I have tried to remai
|List Of Cities In Iraq|
fAre you looking for a list of cities in Iraq? Looking for a list of hotels in Iraq and vacation spots? Well there are not any at this point. The only people camping, touring and visiting Iraq are
|Map Of Baghdad Iraq|
A map of Baghdad Iraq can be purchased from National Geographic.com.
|Map Of Balad Iraq|
When looking for a map of Balad Iraq, it is important to remember that maps of some locations are hard to come by. The reason for this is the military does not want insurgents to get any information
It would seem that Marines Afghanistan is becoming more popular as President Obama has ordered some 30,000 more troops to deploy to Afghanistan in hopes that they would have the same success the build
|Married Troops In Iraq|
Guess what? American married troops in Iraq are now getting to live together as husband and wife while serving their country!
Iraq is the home of ancient Mesopotamia, otherwise known as the cradle of civilization.
|Meals In Iraq |
Military meals in Iraq, whether in battle or the field, are popularly known as MRE's or meals ready to eat.
|Military Bases In Iraq|
Depending on where you are living, life on military bases in Iraq is not that bad. It all depends on your housing.
|Money In Iraq |
Money in Iraq in the form of cash for the coalition and civilian contractors is not used very often.
|Dedication to Tommy Maness at Camp Warhorse|
Tommy Maness was known as Generator One at Camp Warhorse, Baqubah. There was not a generator on base he could not fix when called upon to do so. He was very gifted with engines.
|Navy Seals In Iraq|
Did you know that there are Navy Seals in Iraq? As I was scanning a list of those killed in Iraq, I was surprised to see that a lot of Navy people were killed in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|News Of War In Iraq|
News of war in Iraq is easy now compared to how it was back in 1990 during the first Gulf War.
Remember the city of Nineveh mentioned in the Bible? In the biblical account of Jonah, God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach.
|People In Iraq|
The people in Iraq are divided into sects. The Taliban is a group of fundamentalist Sunni Muslims.
|Prayer for Soldiers|
Prayer for soldiers and reading the Bible are what will sustain our troops and civilians in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Population Of Iraq|
The Shiite people or Shi'a people are the majority of the population of Iraq.
|Reason For War With Iraq|
Many Americans are searching for a reason for war with Iraq. Why are we in Iraq?
|Reasons To Stay In Iraq|
America is searching desperately for reasons to stay in Iraq as the American death toll rises, as more Americans are permanently disabled, and as families fall apart due to the separation from their l
|Religion In Iraq|
The main religion in Iraq is Islam. Islam was founded as a religion by Mohammed in the seventh century. It has 2 branches.
Saddam Hussein was captured by the United States military in December of 2002. He was in an underground bunker, alone.
This page is about Captain Scott Speicher, an American pilot who was shot down during the First Gulf War.
|Shopping In Iraq|
If military and civilian personnel want to go shopping in Iraq, the PX (base store) is the most popular place and usually the only place to go.
|Skype In Iraq|
I discovered Skype in Iraq back in 2004. At that time I would sign on and talk from my computer to my wife at home in San Antonio through her computer.
|Snacks In Iraq|
Military personnel and civilians alike love to eat snacks in Iraq and around the world.
|Sports In Iraq|
This page talks about Sports In Iraq.
Taji Iraq is a rural region about twenty miles north of Baghdad. Taji is the location of a large United States military base that has a prision complex full of insurgents. The population of Taji is
|Toy Guns in Iraq|
This site is about toy guns in Iraq.
|Truck Driving Iraq|
There are many truck driving Iraq. You can get one starting around $70,000 a year if you complete the entire year on your contract.
|Vacation in Dubai|
This page talks about taking a vacation in Dubai.
|Vacation in Kuwait|
This page is about taking a vacation in Kuwait.
|War Of Iraq And America|
The First Gulf War of Iraq and America happened because Saddam Hussein got greedy. He saw the tiny, yet very rich country of Kuwait and decided he could take possession of it.
|War of Iraq and USA|
On March 20, 2003, the Second Gulf War of Iraq and USA began. United Nations sanctions from the First Gulf War were responsible for a lack of nutritious food and adequate medicine in Iraq.
|War Of Iraq |
I can give you a ton of information on the war of Iraq. I have been there off and on for over three years now.
|Water Iraq |
You may have read a recent article about the water Iraq has in early March of 2008. This particular article was about KBR.
|Weapons of Mass Destruction|
This page is about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
|Why War With Iraq|
This page is a fellow up for why war with Iraq.
|Wildlife In Iraq|
I did not see a lot of wildlife in Iraq or Afghanistan. So I am not entirely sure what remains in the country. But I had a feeling that a lot of the wildlife no longer exists. I did not
|Women Soldiers Iraq|
American women soldiers Iraq fight valiantly for the freedom of the Iraqi people just as our male soldiers do. Male and female soldiers are treated equally in the military and in Iraq.