ICDC : Iraqi Civil Defense Corps [obsolete] "I" stoof for Iraq, so IP were Iraqi Police, ING- Iraqi National Guard, IA- Iraqi Army. As one organization failed, our dumbass leaders would try another system. They didn’t realize that they were just “hajji.”
Inside the wire - Troops working inside the wire--Vietnam-era phrase for the perimeter of any US base in Vietnam. Outside the wire was going outside the camp or FOB. Most of the forces when I was in Iraq never ever went out side the wire. We did. I had some teams who had over 100 missions outside the wire in Baghdad---they had big balls. REMFs don’t go outside the wire.
KBR : Kellogg, Brown & Root -- The biggest contractor serving the Coalition Forces. They ran the mess halls, the garbage, the laundry, the power supply, and pretty much everything on the “safe camps”. What a racket.
LN : Local National. A citizen of Iraq, if you're in Iraq, Afghanistan if you're in Afghanistan, etc. Usually encountered as labor brought on post to do construction or other labor. TCN- Third Country National- from any other country who came to work for contractors in Iraq. Usually from 3rd world country so KBR paid them a hell of a lot less salary.
Mortaritaville : nickname for LSA Anaconda, a major base near Balad, reflecting the frequent mortar attacks.
Muj (pronounced: Mooj), short for Mujahadeen. Formally a person who wages jihad, informally used for the Iraqi Insurgents starting in 2005.
outside the wire -- outside the security perimeter surrounding the FOB.
OEF : Operation Enduring Freedom.
OGA : Other Government Agency - CIA
OIF : Operation Iraqi Freedom. (I never could figure out how it went form “Looking for WMD” to OIF, I mean when the F-- did the Iraqi people ever ask us the liberate them?)
POG : People Other than Grunts [pronounced "pogue"] rear-echelon support troops. Arose in 2005 as a synonym for Fobbit, it seems. (Fobbit was anyone who stayed on the camp or FOB)
PSD : Personal Security Detail - private security contractors, most of the ones I worked with were former British SAS, US Special Forces, South African police, etc. They were very good and well paid—I preferred them for my security team when I had a choice.
Red on red : enemy-on-enemy fire. In June 2005 it was reported that Marines patrolling the desert near the Syrian border had, over the previous several months, seen a new trend in the Iraq insurgency. Insurgents were fighting each other in towns along the Euphrates from Husayba to Qaim. This suggested that there had been a split between Islamic militants and local rebels. I’ll tell a story about this later… Blue on Blue stood for US Troops shooting at each other by mistake…which I also have stories of.
REMF : rear-echelon motherf**r - Vietnam era phrase revived for the sandbox. The term REMF seems to have fallen into disuse, replaced by “fobbit”. I liked calling REMFS REMFS, because they usually didn’t know what it stood for.
Remfland: the rear-echelon areas where support personnel live and work in relative safety -- the paradox being that in the Sandbox, unlike Vietnam, REMFland is more a state of mind than a physical location. REMF-MF= REMF Mother F—er.