A DFAC is a dining facility. There are a number of them on Bagram, specifically west side where I spend all my time. I think I have mentioned before the standard list: North, Dragon, Koele, and Aviation. Then there is the BBQ Shack (I have no clue as to what it might have for an official name) which seems to appeal primarily to the meat lovers. Other countries, as it turns out, may run their own dining facilities. The U.A.E. contingent opens theirs to the rest of us on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
I first heard about the UAE DFAC last week when the CMA (Coop Mil Affairs) crew asked me if I wanted to join them. Things got too hectic and it feel into the too hard to get there box. Last night was a different story.
Joining the Vet and the Entomologist, we hiked to the North end of Disney, then cut in behind a lot of buildings, barriers and BHuts till we came to the U.A.E. compound gate. Arriving early, we hung out for almost 30 minutes socializing with the others in line. Clips out of weapons (their compound rule), we headed down between a couple of buildings and into the DFAC.
There I am facing a steam line that has rice (three kinds of rice), humus, pita and nan, several salads. The other two happily availed themselves of the spicy lamb and chicken offerings in addition to what I already mentioned. Pomegranate juice in the dispenser and several odd bottles of beverage (including a no-alcohol kiwi beer – go figure, I can’t).
We had a relaxing meal, no hurry, no large crowds. The large screen TV is showing the Arabic League Soccer finals complete with talking heads.
The walk back in the dark was pleasant, unhurried. There is not much for street lighting, but the steady stream of passing vehicles with their headlights provided enough illumination to find our way home.