Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)

photo-1000aBomb at FOB Shank 2-3 miles distant. Casualties unknown.

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+3 # Just came off black out..Ski 2012-08-08 20:49
Not much info out yet. Chances are any actual "news" will be slanted one way or another much like the VBID and proceeding attack @ Salerno was.
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+2 # Work at ShankJay 2012-08-15 14:55
I was there when it happened. I was about 100yds away when it went off. It was bad and still is. Thanks.
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-5 # Fire MarshalTanner 2012-08-24 14:24
quote name="Jay"]I was there when it happened. I was about 100yds away when it went off. It was bad and still is. Thanks.

If you were 100 yards away you would have been vaporized. There was more than 100 yards in between the explosion and the base. Dont lie just because you are in Afghanistan. Other people are here too and witnessed the entire event and played a major role. Myself included. You dont get medals for posting stuff online and trying to be "the man"
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+2 # To: TANNER!jay 2012-08-25 14:01
First of all FIre Marshall Tanner. I have 23 years Miliary and 5 years over here. I was there I worked right next to Charlie Med. There is where our shop was with about 30 employes. So I think that I know what im talking about. You on the other hand dont know what the hell you are talking about. We pulled to Afghan shop owners out that were dead. So if you want to tell me that Im lying walk outside your building across the street to the AC/First compound and come and fine me. My name is Jay, im not hard to find. Its right behind CRAM. MR FIRE MARSHALL TANNER! I will be waiting to hear from you. If you want to I will send you some pics of the clean up! I forgot I will get the CW4 that was with me to tell you that you dont know what in the hell you are talking about.
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0 # In the "suck"EverybodyIsSpecOps 2012-08-28 05:49
By my math you're at least 40 years old, you could have fooled me by the way you type. Looks like you work for AC First, they hire SOF guys to work motorpool?



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+2 # dumb post628 FST 2012-09-03 09:18
Quoting Tanner:
quote name="Jay"]I was there when it happened. I was about 100yds away when it went off. It was bad and still is. Thanks.


If you were 100 yards away you would have been vaporized. There was more than 100 yards in between the explosion and the base. Dont lie just because you are in Afghanistan. Other people are here too and witnessed the entire event and played a major role. Myself included. You dont get medals for posting stuff online and trying to be "the man"

You comment as if you were there, maybe you were, but it appears that you were not. As for being vaporized, I am still here. Actually was alot closer. . .approx 45 meters from Hescos in first row of sleep tents. If you have been to the area you will see just how close those sleep tents were. You will also see we did not get vaporized, as we are still here taking care of patients. There were several people in the sleep tents that did not get vaporized. I have no idea how far outside the hescos the VBIED was, I just know it hurt! I also know we were very busy that day. Also, patients hit with explosives dont actually get vaporized. . .that only happens on TV! Get your facts straight before posting! Blah Blah Blah!
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+6 # WHY ARGUEJust left from there 2012-09-07 04:28
I recently just left shank about a month ago and i know that charlie med is more than 100 meters away from where the vbied went off. thing is that it really does not matter who or what went down with the facts that you or anyone got vaporized. what matters is that the taliban is getting more and more brave and they need to be stopped. i feel for those that lost someone because i lost a soldier while deployed. so lets not argue about what is and what is not. lets just take care of those that need it and kill the enemy.
YOUR FELLOW INFANTRYMAN.
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+1 # RE: dumb postProfessor 2012-09-12 17:15
I just found out about this...are all my 628 family OK? please send me an update on my AKO Email...
Hope and pray everyone is alright....
The Professor
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+3 # RE: Fire Marshalstacey 2013-01-19 11:23
That vbid was directly beside the hesko barrier. Not 100 meters from the base as you wrote. And there were several survivors that were directly on the other side of the heskos where the vbid went off. There were also several fatalities. The only on "vaporized" was the driver of the vbid. I was at charlie med. I worked at charlie med and unfortunately treated many locals that day. Attacking someone for being close and calling them a liar is just juvenile.
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-1 # Hey JayPete 2012-08-31 19:08
Jay, I do not know if you remember me but I was there in the armored backhoe with the CW4 I picked the debree up so you guys could pull them out. I was woundering if you have any pics. I am located next to the mail warehouse motorpool with the caterpillar guys. I will try to find you
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0 # wrong info, bubAlvie 2012-10-02 22:59
First off, the vbied was las than 30 meters from the wall which is why there is a tank ditch now.
Most of the explosion was absorbed by the hescos. 4 locals were killed, shopkeepers who didn't get off the FOB in time like the rest of their treacherous brethren. 2 contractors were killed as well, shopping innocently. Many wounded, mostly concussions. I do know it knocked me off my bed and out of a sound sleep after working a night shift. We also took a 107mm rocket minutes after the blast. And none of this is OpSec, the bad guys know what they did.
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+2 # USMC, RET.Siempre Fiel 2012-10-09 05:36
I was there when it happen. Only I know what I saw, what I felt, and what I survived. To the gentleman that spent 23 years in the military. That same day there was a retired navy kennel master who spent 22 or so years in the Military. Well he never deploy anywhere in his military career and was there as an employee of a contracting company. His military experience was in the US, always in an air-conditioned office. So sometimes been in the military for so long does not give the experties needed in war. However if you were at charlie med you know what happen like the rest of us. It's your story and you can tell it however you want. Thank you for your service.
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+2 # FirstresponderJed 2012-12-14 07:12
Wow what a buncha POG bitches. If I can remember correctly the first responders were the spec ops guys running around in shorts and plate carriers. It doesnt matter how damn close you were. I didn't see any of your asses on the hescos securing the FOB. Y'all ran to you're bunkers...
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+2 # REALLY??!!!Counter IED Guy 2012-12-19 16:08
Look everyone who is on here saying they where the first to respond, and they did this and that, lets get some shit straight. REAL men do not need to post about what they did, hence why you do not see any one from the SPEC-OPS side of the house posting a bunch of crap. When you look back at that day you should really just be happy to be alive. I did 2.5 years at SHANK back when you had to take a convoy to go from 1 side to the other because a main road ran through the middle of the FOB. In 2010 shit that was a summer for ya ass, ask anyone that was there during this time period which is most of the people from 173rd. Before you pop off asking what I have done just know that unlike many of you, I only did 8 years in the ARMY and of those 8, right at 2 years was in schools another 4.5 years deployed.. Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Africa, South America etc... Point is we all have contributed in some way either in the military or supporting the military... Oh and side note off topic.. I DO NOT THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTRACT... I mean working at BK does not make you a food service manager, and stocking shelves at Food lion doesn't make you a logistician, and being a mall security guard does not make you fucking physical security!! Just my thoughts you guys be safe..
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-1 # Yep I was thereEmilio R Ramos 2012-12-26 23:24
This happened around 10 AM, I was about to go to sleep when I was almost knocked out of my bed. There was dust everywhere and finally the alarms went off.. Everyone was in the bunkers while Apaches flew around the perimeter looking for anyone trying to breach the perimeter. I didn't hear a peep about this on CNN or the web, nothing at all!! I was at the PX an hour earlier before that. Well i know it was detonated at the Afghanistan gate, and that there was nothing left of the bazaar. I would never go back to Shank to work as a contractor. I never really felt safe there as a civilian, even with miltitary there.
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0 # you are an idiotnavy 2014-02-17 03:38
the afghani ECP was nearly on the other side of the FOB… the vied detonated directly on the other side of the Bazaar outside of the FOB. They drove it up to the perimeter wall over san area that was not designed for smooth riding. At-least you got the timeframe right. it happened right around 1010 maybe a couple of mins prior.
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0 # Oh YeaEmilio R Ramos 2012-12-26 23:26
I served 9 years active duty along with 3 tours to Iraq and have never dealt with anything like this til I went overseas as a contractor.
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+2 # medicstacey 2013-01-19 11:17
Hey all, I am a medic and was assigned to 173 bsb at Charlie Med. I was there for the vbid in august. I don't remember much because I was knocked out cold for a minute or so. There were ppl within 100 meters and even 50 meters that survived. Charlie Med is between 75 & 100 meters of the where the vbid went off. NO one but the driver of that vbid was "vaporized". those that didn't survive, died because of either things falling on their heads or they were blown into something solid that caused severe head wounds. I "responded" as best I could, which isn't saying much since I was knocked senseless. I do remember a lot of soldiers on the hesko's and chaos. I know we medicvac'd over 60 ppl that day. Several of which were friends. I also vividly remember trying to console a local with a head wound who'd lost a family member... I believe he said cousin. It was an awful day. I'm grateful I can't remember much. And wish I could forget the rest. :/
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0 # EX- CONTRACTORGuest 2013-02-25 12:32
I was at FOB Shank from 2008 till 2011 and we showed up when there was nothing there on the Airfield side but us and dirt. The main road was still used and the place was divided in 2 halves still. Crossing that road was never fun and I was glad when they closed it off. I feel for those that are there since I know first hand about being blown up all the time. I saw my share of bodies and rocket damage that Shank received and was very close to many times. That site won most bombed 2 years in a row.For those that are there I pray you all come home safe and keep your heads down. Take care my ARMY brothers and sisters and soon this will be over.
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+1 # Current NewsGuest 2013-03-04 22:57
I'm looking for a site with accurate, up to date info on FOB Shank-any suggestions? Mom
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0 # So sadLinguist 2013-03-27 08:13
I worked at Fob shank for almost a year before resigning. I miss it now, I used to shop at the bazaar mostly to get DVDs to pass the time. I'm sad to hear this happened and relieved to not have been there. God Bless our soldiers!
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0 # newsdebbie 2013-07-13 17:34
My fiance is at FOB Shank. I try to keep updated with DVIDS- Defense video & Imagery Distribution System. If you haven't already checked it out you should.
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+3 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)new batch 2013-04-04 06:29
I just got here a month ago and its still crazy and still not a day that I am ready to hit the floor. I don't tell my family or friends what I have experience and encountered. The days that we dont have a medivac come in and have nothing to do is the days I thank god because no one is hurt. The pay is not worth losing your life. some days I skip lunch because you see a vehicle that is just parked by the defac....its scary and its reality. I look at my friends and the people i deployed with and happy to see their face everyday. We only have each other and if anything happens to one of us Im sure they will be there hold my hand or me holding theirs. I miss my family very much and I wish our country could see what we go through everyday to protect them and their freedom. I joined to protect my country, my people, and family. That is why I serve in the arm forces. I feel like I am doing a great thing here and when I read all this crap about how many years in the service or this and that. Reality is no one cares about rank or position outside the military. You are just like everyone else. When I get out I will only be happy to have done something that many choose not to do. I protected their freedom as well as mine. So remember that when you post and argue about who was there and who did what. You should only be happy that you are alive.
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+1 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)themrs 2013-06-23 06:42
God bless you all for your service. My husband was a contractor at fob shank. I knew the risks but never was ok with them. You have my sincere appreciation each and everyone of you. Please be safe every day. Your in my prayers.
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0 # Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan) ;# Current NewsJannie 2013-07-01 19:21
My son is there and is being transported to a hospital. To the guest "MOM" above..if you find a website, please let me know. Its hard to find recent news.
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0 # any new news?justaperson 2013-07-09 04:59
right now i have a soon to be ex and he is there. he tells me they "get attacked daily" and is a little unbleivable with his stories someone who is not a disgruntle military man now working for a contracting company making six figures do tell me WTF is going on over there. thank you for your time.. i served did the whole army thing its over chapter closed. I dont need to be ridiculed or judged just need to be updated. thanks!
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0 # News as of July 8thAlvie 2013-07-09 05:48
They do get hit a lot as far as rockets and mortars. If not everyday then close to it. Fighting season is in full swing. Last year we took over 212 rounds from 29 March to 20 Nov plus a few more for good measure in December. I left 09 Feb this year but keep up with my old team there. I wasn't disgruntled as a retiree but I did make 6-figures. Not sure what all stories he's telling you. The year I was there we had 1 US Military killed, 1 ANA killed, and 2 US Contractors wounded by incoming fire. We took 25% of all rounds in the country. Tilman took another 25% as well but they started in January and they were on the border. The rest of Afghanistan took 50%. Now Tilman is closed so more heat will hit Shank.
Other than just waiting for info to come out or getting to talk to your family when you get a chance, you won't hear much. We kept it that way so families wouldn't hear bad stuff. Nobody wants their folks worried, ya know?
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0 # truth..Justaperson 2013-07-09 15:03
yeah you would think. he is more along the lines of saying he's suicidle and saying if he gets blown up he doesn't care. we are divorcing and have been for some time and I'm not getting into that but I try to be as supportive as possible. I am doing my best but from time to time I get worried because of texts like "we are getting attacked right now if I don't text u tomorrow you'll know why" just straight disturbing. I am by my self carrig for my 2 small kids and it's frustrating to say the least. I'm just trying to get some answers to calm my nerves a bit. thank you in advance. :-)
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0 # Trying to understandwantingtoknow 2013-08-12 22:39
Have a nephew at Shank, doesn't say much except some pleasantries and family stuff. Wanted to know if there are other sources of information to help keep pulse and awareness of what's happening.
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0 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)LookingForInfo 2013-08-06 19:30
Is Shank on a blackout today?
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0 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)A Mom 2013-08-07 02:12
Is there any news on the black out?
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+1 # 7 august 2012 0907hrsTerrance 2013-08-13 03:57
it happened. according to the satellite photo and the metrics reported to higher C-Med was less than 100 m from point of det. C-Med was worse than people have yet described. Those personnel performed amazingly. thank you. The accounts of the constant Med Evacs arriving, and the constant IDF from May through the end of the fighting season are correct. i still have bad dreams. and when i hear helicopters now i think of the Med Evacs coming in.. and i remember the calls for "all personnel with ****** blood please report to Charlie Med" . i remember hoping my blood made a difference. i was able to give three separate times on those ole green strechers. i remember with sadness Taps being played and the Helicopters leaving and popping flares. I remember the Ramp Ceremonies on the Airfield, watching those black bags being carried onto the planes... . i was promoted out of the trenches for this deployment. i would rather have been doing route clearance like i did in Iraq in 07 during the surge than sitting in that bowl dreading that one lucky hit. "FOBBITS" at shank have seen more combat action than infantry units in fkn bagram or kandahar. to a mom or anyone else who is worried when they dont hear from a loved one... Do know that if your loved one is seriously injured or killed the Next of Kin will know with in 24 hours. so if its been three days and you haven't heard anything odds are your loved one is doing fine and spent too much money at kings pizza. @ Justaperson.. next time you get texts like "we are getting attacked right now if I don't text u tomorrow you'll know why" quickly reply back "how will i know where to pick up the SGLI check?!?!?". that person who sent you that is immature and wrong. 95% of all idf at shank is called clear within 10 mins. he is playing games with you. finish your divorce quickly. stop having pity on him. and make sure you are getting the whole BAQ.
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0 # Thanks TerranceJustaperson 2013-08-13 04:09
;-) I appreciate you taking the time he plays tons of mind games and I'm working on ending them. it was nice to know another person advice and idea of what's going on. he really plays it up to be some target practice area and that people are dropping like flies. again thank you and I'm sorry for ur night mares bud .. zzquil goes a long way. my heart goes out to u and thank you for helping people it's not easy sometimes.
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0 # RE: 7 august 2012 0907hrsJennifer 2013-08-16 14:32
Thank you for your news. We know it is bad there and our son can't talk about it. So when we can read it from a on-site pair of eyes, It helps us get a better grasp on things..Please take care and keep your head down. I pray daily for all of you.
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0 # I hear you Brother.Alvie 2013-10-30 05:06
Hardest part of my job there was hitting the button that played Taps. A good part? Sounding All Clear!! And not every time we called for blood was because of a casualty. C Med liked to keep their blood banks fresh.

Attention on the FOB. Attention on the FOB.... If you ever heard the Hispanic sounding guy on there then I hope the alarms helped save you and your buddies.
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+2 # Worried fatherJose Hernandez 2013-08-15 01:54
:My only son has been at shank since march he won't tell me all the bad things happening there I did not realize it was that. Bad at shank I would like to thank. Him and all our brave Members of our armed forces Thank you for your service and God bless each and every one of you stay strong stay safe
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+1 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)Mama G 2013-08-22 17:03
Terrance, sounds like you may be the only sane person at Rocket City. I am a brat, married 20+ years to army and now the mother of a soldier. You'd think that it somehow would prepare a person. But not a mom. I have listened to the bravado BS all my life. But truth is the ones that really experienced all this don't talk about it, don't want to relive it, and don't want civilians to know about it or worry. Especially not a child to accidentally read some of this stuff. Life is tough enough.
I am worried about my son, daily, as well as, the rest of his unit. It sickens me that they are risking their lives so that the rest of this spoiled country can continue with life as usual, playing beer pong and going to the movies. I don't want to know gory details just something to ease my mind at night when I can't sleep because he's not here. He really should be out on a date or studying for an exam!
To all of you, thank you for what you are doing. Look out for one another. Stay safe, practice your training. Write when you can. Never forget to say I love you. My prayers are with you all for your safety, health, and safe return, but also for strength to endure all the whining AH's you"re stuck with there.
(They need to remember it was all part of the job, no promises, no guarantees. The US military is volunteer and no longer uses a draft. Just to refresh their memory.)
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0 # wifeDrezdan 2013-10-06 14:54
Hubby just deployed 2 shank. He flys the the grey eagle there. Any Any information about his location or updates would be awesome. God bless our country and men in service.
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0 # Hang in thereBeenThere 2013-10-30 03:11
I was there last year doing the same thing. I'm pretty sure I know what unit your hubby went in there with. I believe they occupy the first floor of our shared building. It's not pretty at Shank, but if they keep their heads down and watch each others backs, they will be in good shape. There are plenty of concrete barriers and sandbags. Hopefully his unit can find plenty of these turds before they can do damage. Blessings to you and yours.
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0 # wifeDrezdan Mcdaniel 2013-10-30 03:50
Thank you for the reply. We get to Skype just about every day. He doesn't talk much about it because he doesn't want me to worry :/ well that almost makes me worry more lol is there any other forums from shank I can get on or links u can connect me with so I can stay current and up 2 date?
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+1 # RE: wifeBeenThere 2013-10-30 04:03
Not much in the way of that. Too easy for wrong people to get info. All I can suggest is talk to other wives to see what they are hearing. Just keep close to them to info share.
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+1 # RE: Bomb at FOB Shank (Afghanistan)ABN 173d the Herd 2014-01-11 03:12
Jay whoever u are, ur a damn lie. I was there the day it happened. I was in the HHC 173d BDE building next to the barber shop right down the street from the bazaar that got blown up. I was close about 200 meters away and there were nothing as close as 45 meters that belong to the US military unless u were at the bazaar at 9 in the morning. It was almost a 10 thousand pound vbied and if u were 45 meters away from the hescos then u would be fucked up right now. All the tents that belong to the charlie med guys were all crushed and they were the closest ones to the blast and they werent even 45 meters away.
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0 # this placeblah 2014-01-25 18:58
Shank sucks. was there 11-12 with NMCB . Place is def rough. wish we got to individual shoot back and get some CAR's! bc last i thought being withing 20-30 meters within mortar or rocket attack made you elgible.
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