JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Sorry, but all those T-walls that soldiers have spent countless hours decorating with unit designs can’t come home from Iraq, said Brig. Gen. Mark Corson, commander of the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
The T-walls must stay here because of the dirt and sand that has built up on the concrete structures, some of which have stood in Iraq for eight years.
“They won’t clear customs so they have to stay,” Corson said.
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and contractors have already started the massive task of taking down the thousands upon thousands of T-walls that line roads and buildings at bases across Iraq.
Many soldiers barely recognize the Green Zone — or what’s now being called the International Zone, or the Amber Zone — in Baghdad because Iraqi soldiers have been hard at work taking down the T-walls in preparation for the Arab Summit.
“It’s amazing but this place actually looks a lot better. You can see the sidewalks and green space around here,” said 1st Lt. Casey Seckel, a medical officer at FOB Prosperity in the International Zone.