Thursday, 24 June 2010

Everyone Hates BAF

In my total of 18 months in Afghanistan I have learned one universal truth: Everyone Hates BAF.
Why, you may ask, does everyone hate BAF?
I have pondered this question and come up with the following three answers:

One reason people hate BAF is because most Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines experience BAF as a transient, and BAF is a terrible place for transients. As a transient you are tired, hungry and unsettled and the facilities at BAF are not well suited to caring for transients. The passenger terminal is small and overcrowded. The USO is small and overcrowded. The dining facilities are far away. If all you see of BAF is the passenger terminal as a transient you will not be impressed.

Another reason most people hate BAF is because BAF is overcrowded. BAF has grown in size since I left in 2008, but it's population has outpaced that growth. Take a walk or drive down Disney Drive and you will know that BAF is overcrowded. Barracks, dining facilities and offices have sprouted like weeds, but they just can't keep up, and that was before the Surge. No one likes living and working on a crowded FOB.

But the main reason people hate BAF is because they think BAF is too far from the action, it's not a place to fight the "real" war. While the first two reasons are undoubtedly true, this last reason is certainly not. For security reasons I can't talk about all the things that are done here at BAF, so I won't talk about any of them, but suffice to say that there are many activities here at BAF that are critical to the war effort. I have found my time here at BAF to be more rewarding than I thought possible. During my first tour in Afghanistan I avoided BAF as much as possible (for the first two reasons above) but during this tour I've seen the variety of important missions based out of BAF. I've met Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are doing great things. Without BAF, or somewhere like it, nothing else could happen happen.

Do you have your own BAF story? Whatever your opinion, I'd love to hear YOUR story of BAF.

Phillips, out.

13 comments:

Haole Wahine said...

I look forward to hearing the stories.

Stay strong, and stay safe

Chelsea said...

Sent an email to rejenia@aol.com but I'm not sure if that is an actual address. Figured I'd summarize here... Just wondering if you accept guest posts? I was hoping to contribute an article to deploymenttoafghanistan.blogspot.com about traumatic brain injury as it pertains to the military. Let me know, thanks.

Chelsea
Please reply to ctravers@caremeridian.com

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Who Cares? LLC said...

Hi Phillips~I am sorry I am so unfamiliar with what you are going through (which is why I'm reading your blog), but what is BAF?

Thank you,

Jessy

Who Cares? LLC said...

Ah ha...I found Bagram Air Field in your April postings...so nevermind!

Thank you!

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Nat Felder said...

Hello Richard,
I am an architecture student who has been researching urban conditions at Bagram for the past two years, and I was hoping to interview you by e-mail. You observations are incredibly interesting. If you don't mind aswering a few questions in whatever format is easiest for you please let me know at ngf2105@columbia.edu
Thank You in Advance
nat

Raymond Zakhari said...

I just stumbled onto your site. I got a request for a primary care provider, male only at BAF was wondering why that may be. It looks like it is a large facility with full service medical. Any ideas or thoughts?

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Wesley Wadien said...

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Link to Possible Nazi base on Canadian soil Facebook photo album.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.631329920225024.1073741834.100000440659439&type=1

Links to Google Earth showing parts of a possible Nazi base on Canadian soil

Landing area marked with 2 swastikas and protected by 2 anti-aircraft weapons, west 400 feet is adaptive camo saucer, distortion around edges of saucer is visible.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174163%2C-97.101154&spn=0.000515%2C0.001062&t=h&z=19

Saucer (possibly broken down), 2 mud tracks from it trying to take off or skimming the ground to avoid radar detection, 400 feet NNE of that is the landing vehicle for the saucer.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.225015%2C-97.139643&spn=0.000865%2C0.002296&t=h&z=19

Wormhole in backyard of property and large white/silver tank 100 feet North of that.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.151111%2C-97.101787&spn=0.000741%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Saucer landing vehicle, saucer NW of that at end of mud track with adaptive camo, distortion can be seen around edges of saucer.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.152524%2C-97.108787&spn=0.000956%2C0.002124&t=h&z=18

Technology used to create projection top on base, when I drove down into the base 12.5 years earlier the projection was turned off.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174576%2C-97.128424&spn=0.001053%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Statement from the former Canadian Minister of National Defense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYSwomqKDqQ

News report on chem trails.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY16kEzIdHY

Nazi bell uncovered (Nazi bell used by the Nazis to create wormholes)

https://sites.google.com/site/nazibelluncovered/