KAF: Fast Food Goes To War
Took another drive into KAF today for a VTC (Videocon) at COMKAF. What a load of bollocks that was – true, it covered very important aspects of fuel delivery to keep forces going and is a vital coord mechanism but there is no reason for me to be there. I have an LO on site so he can do the VTCs and let me know if there is anything major that affects our ops.
After the VTC, TF and I took a wander around the ‘boardwalk’. Another shocker. Burger King, coffee shops, jewellery, carpets, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and on and on. All populated by a strolling crowd of pasty faced, pudding-gutted base pogos gorging themselves on fast food and shooting the breeze while their fighting counterparts are out in the desert doing it tough against the Taliban. Maybe I am just a grumpy old ex-infantryman but it really turned my stomach. General McCrystal is rumoured to have expressed his displeasure along the same lines and is soon to shut the lot down. Good riddance, I say.
Still and all, I had a bloody terrific double-shot latte that finally put paid to the caffeine withdrawal headache I’ve had for the past three days.
Photos are of aspects of my base, taken from inside the inner-perimeter. Guard towers and Bastion hesco walls. The base is ringed with both inner and outer perimeter walls dotted with guard towers and our tripod mounted MGs. The more I look at our security the more I relax but the more there remains to be done.