Sunday, February 25, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I realized that I have never shown you where I live. When I first arrived here last summer I lived in transient housing that looked like this:

After a while I was able to move into permanent housing. Our current housing consists of trailers that have three rooms apiece, about twelve feet by twelve feet each. The junior enlisted and junior officers have roommates of appropriate rank. Field grade officers, such as myself, have a room to themselves. Senior officers have two-room trailers with two officers to a trailer separated by a bathroom. The rest of us use communal shower trailers and latrines. A lot like being back in college; just not as nice! The trailers are separated into pods that look something like this:

We each continue to "improve the position". One of the groups that went before us added a very nice covered deck to the front of our trailer. I share this trailer with two other Soldiers; a Sergeant Major and a Major. I live in the middle room:

The concrete T-barriers and sandbags are to protect us from shrapnel from indirect fire like mortars and rockets. They are effective against small arms fire as well. The trailer walls? They are very thin! They have trouble blocking sunlight. Needless to say, we have to be very considerate of our neighbors - especially if we work opposite shifts. My poor neighbors hear the knocks I get on the door at night. They often comment, "Busy night last night, huh Chappie?" They are great neighbors whom I like and respect tremendously.


At 6:26 AM, Blogger Janice said...

Have enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Janice from Oklahoma


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