I’ve always said that everyone’s Iraq/ Afghanistan experience are different. You can spend the entire deployment working on a large camp in an office. Or you could be “outside the wire” intermixing with the public/conducting missions/ engaging the enemy in combat for the entire deployment. I’ve had both types of deployments.
They both suck. Check out what they are doing below to build an outpost. I’ve done some of this myself!
Large camps/ bases are a softer/ easier target for the enemy to attack. You can also be drummed into a false sense of security by your daily routine. That is until that rocket comes crashing down on your hooch. Hopefully you were at chow when this occured. There are just more creature comforts for the troops at these large installations. Yes, running showers are a creature comfort! I didn’t shower for 39 days when we invaded Iraq. I took sponge bathing to a whole new level! I don’t even want to get started about no air condition in Iraq in the spring/ summer!
Ha! Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Remember our boys in the Ardennes forest during World War II? (Check out Steve Ambrose’s WWII book or watch Band of Brothers). The hardships our troops go through today pales in comparison to those days!