Back to Afghanistan I go. I am on a fucking small ass remote outpost "Just a few rigelines away is Pakistan, where al-Qaeda, Taliban and foreign fighters re-supply, refit, and train for their almost constant operations in this valley--and against this outpost and the troops who patrol the surrounding mountains as well as the valley. It's dangerous here. This company has taken more casualties than any other in the battalion, and the battalion has taken more than any other in Afghanistan. Ratio and percentage-wise, this unit has probably seen and sustained more action and taken more casualties than any other military unit serving in the Middle East. The troops live in tents. They have managed to run some electrical outlets so that in the very little downtime they have, they are able to plug in their laptops to watch DVD's. The tents don't have any lights, so filtered lensed flashlights are used extensively... to dress, read, wash, eat. Bottled water is used for drinking, and a 'water buffalo" provides water that is used to wash clothes (by hand, in a bucket) or for showering. Removed from the immediate company area are the latrines and "showers." Both are rough structures constructed of 2x4's and plywood. In order to take a shower, you need to fill a 5-gallon jug from the water buffalo and then haul it down a steep, rocky path to one of two showers. You heft the jug and fill the canvas-field shower and wash as fast as you can, before the water bag empties. The latrines are a la Vietnam... yes, they still have the barrels, and yes, someone has to be the "burner." The outpost is pretty much unreachable by road. There is a road, but it is narrow, rough, windy and prone to be mined with IED's or ambushed with RPG, PKU and AK47 fire by the bad guys. So most supplies are air-dropped by C-130 aircraft. Not all the drops go according to plan however; sometimes supplies go wide of the DZ ("drop zone") by several hundred meters, falling between the deep fingers of the mountain valley, where the combination of distance, terrain and risk of enemy ambush renders them "unrecoverable." The food is predictable, unchanging. The cook makes do with the supplies that have been provided. One "hot" meal consists of 2 dishes, prepared in a MKT (Mobile Kitchen Trailer) - an egg concoction and diced potatoes with shredded turkey-bacon as well as turkey-link sausages. MRE's are favored over the "hot" -- at least there is some variety offered in a case of the MRE's." HAHA can't wait. 15-18 months of this baby.