Life is somewhat spartan and harsh out here. As I said before, they are trying to duplicate what life is like on a FOB in Iraq, and they do a pretty decent job of it. The New Mexico desert is very arid and hot during the day, although in winter it gets very cold at nights, believe me! I kind of like it, though.
The food is decent, and they give you a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to hearty American army-style fare. The dining hours are a bit limited, so you eat when the doors are open or not at all. Breakfast, for instance, is 6AM to 7:30AM every day, and you better not be late. In my civilian life I can eat whenever I want, but not here!
The base could house thousands of deploying troops, all in large barracks like ours. Right now there are quite a few soldiers, most of whom are national guard and reservists. They are doing training, getting ready to deploy, just like us. I can’t estimate how many are here now, but this place does stay busy.
A few pictures of scenes around the living areas here:
Anyway, we are basically all done with our training. The unit, and all its members, are now “validated.” This means we are completed with our training, and cleared to go to the combat theater. So the days are spent doing very little now. I mostly watch movies, and go to the internet cafe where i can get some work done on my laptop.
The barracks are no great luxury, of course, but they do. Here is a picture of my bed:
There is not much more to life here at McGregor.
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