Military and civilian members have painted a number of T-walls on Camp Virginia, Kuwait. This photo was taken on Sept. 10, 2011. All of the artwork was completed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Wakai/Released) https://www.dvidshub.net/image/480523/camp-virginia-t-wall-art
Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Miller, a Raritan, N.J., native and maintenance controller with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165, Regional Command (Southwest), poses behind his model of the Stonehenge at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 24, 2013. Miller built scores of sculptures around his unit's living area to pass the time during his deployment.
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — A formation of Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division recognizes Sgt. 1st Class Lloyd Anderson, with the 35th Infantry Division, Missouri Army National Guard, April 30, 2018 for the mural he created to commemorate HHBN’s deployment as part of Task Force Spartan. The mural is shown at left. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Palermo)
Out, About at Camp Liberty
Constantly standing guard over the 890th Engineer Battalion's wash rack is creative memento from the Soldiers that came before them. It serves as a reminder that Soldiers need to leave behind a positive contribution to those who will take over for the 890th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company, 926th Engineer Brigade, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, when the unit leaves.
This painted M4 Sherman at the Bastogne War museum.
Lucky the Leprechaun is locked and loaded.
The Boston Celtics mascot spins a grenade on his finger in an unlikely art installation — in Kuwait.
It’s part of a mural by the Massachusetts National Guard 182nd Engineer Company, and one of 200 images in the book “The T-Walls of Kuwait and Iraq” edited by George Hauer with Robin Whitney ($24.95, t-walls-of-kuwait-iraq.com).
The 12-foot-tall concrete blast walls, known as T-walls, protect camps and roadways. And illustrating the bare structures has become a tradition for soldiers serving in Kuwait and Iraq.
The 182nd designed the mural, emblazoned with “Boston to Baghdad,” during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-08.
“I’m honored. It’s really something. I never would have guessed it would end up anywhere,” said Staff Sgt. Dominic Whitemore, a Nantasket native who helped conceptualize the artwork.
Soldiers said the illustrations serve as both morale boosters and bragging rights.
“As soon as I saw one, I wanted to do one,” said Specialist Gary LaMotte, part of the Massachusetts National Guard’s 101st Engineer Battalion.
LaMotte’s design is also featured in “T-Walls.” The Agawam resident painted a giant castle and the words “oldest in the nation” (for the 101st’s 365-year history) during the battalion’s 2009 Kuwait deployment.
“When you first roll into Kuwait, as the buses pull up, everyone starts looking at the T-walls for units they know and have served with,” Cmdr. Sgt. Maj. Peter Chase of the 101st told the Herald. “No one paints over anyone else’s. You have to find a new one.”
Proceeds from sale of the book help wounded soldiers through Operation Music Aid.
LIFE AT JOINT BASE BALAD – JBB – IRAQ
Posted on September 13, 2009 by briannomi
'When you first arrive in Kuwait or Iraq, one thing that you immediately notice is the abundance of T-walls. These concrete barriers are everywhere, protecting people from the possible rocket or mortar attack. They are called “T-walls” because they look like an upside-down “T.” They have them in Baghdad as well, and the Iraqis use them to protect against blasts from suicide bombers or the like.
There are thousands of the T-walls all over JBB. I’ve heard that they cost about $600 each, which means there is millions of dollars invested just in T-walls on this base. I’d say it’s a good investment, because it does add a sense of security, and probably deters rocket attacks. T-walls are a cost effective way of protecting from explosions.
Only a tiny fraction of T-walls are painted. Most of them are painted with a unit symbol, naming the unit and the commander and senior NCO, and signed by the artists. These tend to be dreadful artworks. Some have symbols disclosing what sort of unit works at the place with the T-wall. Here is an example of one of the better such T-wall art collections (this building houses the chaplain, IG, EO, and Reserve Affairs offices, among others):