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Camp Matilda

First Marine Division's forward headquarters was at Camp Matilda, Kuwait.

Third Country National, or TCN, transport gear within Kuwait, which eases the transition of 1st Marine Division from the Middle East back to Camp Pendleton. The TCNs come from various countries in Southeast Asia and are contracted to assist the Marines. The TCN's transport any gear needed by the units and is usually transported by 7-ton trucks or the MK48-14 Container Transporter. Every day, roughly a dozen tractor-trailers are driven from Camp Commando to Camp Matilda transporting gear for units returning from Iraq. The units need this gear before they return to the United States. Safety regulations require that each tactical military vehicle has a driver and an assistant driver. The trucks are escorted in a convoy to Camp Commando, where they are loaded with military gear. They are then transported north to Camp Matilda and unloaded.

Conan O'Brien's unruly red mop may not meet military regulations, but the comedian's unruly behavior met with howls and cheers from Marines he visited here 16 May 2003. Two minutes after entering a cammie-netted arena, the feisty "Late Night" host stripped off his shirt and engaged in a push-up competition with a Marine he plucked from the audience of roughly 2,500. The towering carrot-top kept up with the Marine push-up for push-up but found himself on the losing end of a wrestling match after he unexpectedly lunged for his worthy rival. The crowd loved the shenanigans; O'Brien expressed his appreciation for the Marines and sailors serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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