Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Sights and Sounds of Bagram Airbase

The sound of Bagram is jet noise, 24/7. All manner of aircraft come and go, all day and all night. There are many other sounds, but they are all routinely drowned out by the sound of jet engines. Sometimes even conversation between two people standing side by side is impossible for a few moments.

The sights are quite varied; US Soldiers, Sailor, Airmen and Marines from around the world, Soldiers from many other nations and all manner of armored vehicles, various SUV and too many Toyota pickup trucks to count. And in the distance, mountains towering over 20,000 feet. Some of the streets are paved, some are gravel and some are just packed dirt. The "buildings" range from tents to containerized buildings to "B" huts to "brick and mortar" structures. An indoor, porcelain toilet is still a luxury. Most residents of Bagram live in a tent (with about 100 of their closest friends) or in one of our infamous "B" huts, which is basically a wooden shack housing from 4 to 8 persons.

Unfortunately, my internet is too darn slow to upload many pictures yet, so these will have to do for now. I take pictures throughout each week to show how we live here. As I travel I will provide insight into some of the other FOBs (forward operating base) and the living conditions of my fellow service men and women.

This picture is the view from "main street". Afghanistan is a beautiful country.

This is a picture taken on Easter Sunday Morning at our service at the "clamshell" a big tent where we usually go for MWR events. On Easter Sunday morning it also served as our church to
accommodate the large crowd.

Well, it's almost 1am so I should get some sleep and be ready for another busy day.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for praying for our deployed troops.

Out here.


Haole Wahine said...

thanks for catching us up.

I am looking forward to the pictures.

But, just keep writing, even if there are no pictures.

We had a great story about a traveling medical vehicle on FB last week.

Kelsey G said...

thank you for serving our country

Vietnamvet68 said...

It's always good to hear from are soldiers overseas. I enjoy reading your post and seeing your pictures. Keep up the good work over there.

Scratch the hostile fay said...

Thanks for serving!

There are folks out there who appreciate what it is you do, even if they don't all agree you should be doing it there... ;)

Maybe you can help me.
Can you tell me why military folks wear American flag patches, with the flag being backwards? When I was a little girl, I was taught the blue went on the left....And here I keep seeing ones where it's on the right. Just wondering.


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Is internet available where you stay or only at common areas?

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