Sights & Sounds – Mazar E Sharif

It looks completely different from BAF. It is not just the German uniforms in the PAX terminal or the ability to get a cup of German coffee The base just looks different. There are hard stand buildings and warehouses laid out in a grid. Like the other camps, there is large gravel (pigeon egg size) between the buildings and the side walks.

The original solid wall marking the perimeter has been breached in multiple locations to accomodate the increasing American presence. Billeting is in Alaska huts (half round blown up tents with doors on front a nd back. The aid station for 4thCav is in the new area.

German is spoken eveywhere, which should be obvious when you think about the fact that this has been a German base for years. The US medical team is integrated into the fixed facitlity (which looks like it could be anywhere in Germany.

Most importantly, there are few rotatary wings here and the occasional fixed wing aircraft. No fighter jets, absolutely none screaming in pairs down the runway and drowning out everything else.

And then there is the bread. The German DFAC has real bread.

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4 Responses to Sights & Sounds – Mazar E Sharif

  1. Linda M says:

    Can you share any of why you are there now?

  2. Carmen says:

    Can you stuff your back pack with Real Bread when you return to B?

  3. Cheryl says:

    Enjoy the break!

  4. AlisonH says:

    And do you hear German spoken again all around you? The world is small.

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