- Jeff -
- There has been alot of disinfo regarding this convoy
attack on 4-10-4 where at least seven of my former co-workers and friends
either perished or were kidnapped in Baghdad.
- The mainstream media reported that the convoy was near
Al Fallujah which is not true. As I have come to understand it, there were
two fuel convoys that left Anaconda that morning on the way to BIAP (Baghdad
International Airport) to refuel the USAF there. The first convoy was the
one hardest hit where my former CC (convoy cmdr) was allegedly kidnapped
and my good friend Steve Fisher was killed. Another friend, call sign,
'Mustang' did not return to ANACONDA from that convoy.
- What is not being told is that KBR put all of the
TTM/Tanker drivers at far greater risk of attack when, during the first
week of March they obtained twenty-eight fuel systems from the 705th TC
at Anaconda to haul fuel with. These US Army systems are 1991 Freightliner
Daycabs and 8000 gallon fuel tankers, all of them have the same paint scheme,
JUNGLE CAMOFLAGE. KBR placed unarmed civilian drivers into clearly marked
us military vehicles, a far cry from the civilian-looking fuel systems
we were driving before. Our drivers went from soft targets to hard targets.
KBR had a stash of brand new Volvo tractors sitting in Kuwait (a sizable
number of them are still sitting in a lot across from the Khalifa Resort
in Al Jahrah, Kuwait. KBR, as I understand it didn't want to spend the
$2500 dollars per tractor to plate and register them in Kuwait in order
to move them up to Anaconda.
- My friends lost their lives. Their chances of being attacked
went up exponentially when KBR obatined these systems from the US Army.
This could have been avoided. My friends didn't have to be kidnapped or
die. It is my opinion that KBR's actions were a contributing factor to
- Ray L Johnson
- TTM/Tanker Driver
- Call sign: 'Rebel'
- (I am currently back in the states due to an OTJ injury
coming back from a convoy mission to Anaconda on 3.17.4 where I busted
three discs in my back)