I was a Fobbit for 28 months. Most of the head count for both OEF and OIF are Fobbits. FOB’s are much nicer places to live and work than Combat Out Posts, Joint Security Stations, and Vehicle Patrol Bases. Lots of amenities on a FOB. Air conditioning, Sealy Posturepedic® matresses on steel bed frames instead of cots, flush toilets in air conditioned latrine trailers instead of one-holers over a cut-down 55-gallon oil drum baking in 120 degree heat, real showers with real shower curtains instead of home-made, kimche-rigged Rube Goldberg contraptions with no privacy whatsoever, sinks to brush your teeth in, glass mirrors to shave in front of, clean clothes that somebody else washed for you, air conditioned Dining Facilities with a huge variety of good things to eat, Post Exchanges, Hajji Shops, Green Bean Coffee shops, Tim Horton’s coffee shops, Harly Davidson dealerships, gyms, weight rooms, exercise equipment, libraries, movies, dance lessons, . . .
You get the idea. FOB’s are the garrisons that have broken out in the war zone.
Bagram Air Field is the big city to visiting rubes from outside the wire. But life on the FOB is not a bowl of cherries. Most FOB’s are like aircraft carriers dead in the water, and the Fobbits are the crew. It is not easy for many Fobbits to get outside the wire. Their jobs require them to be where they can do them, which in most cases is at their work station, or in their shop. Not that many Bands of Brothers on most FOB’s, either. You can get real lonely in that crowd. I am not ashamed of my Fobbithood. In the hierarchy of military bad assery, civilian contractor Fobbits rate pretty low, but still higher than homesteaders in the rear who never came out at all.
All of the above serves to introduce US Supplies Shrinking in Afghanistan. I have had that sinking feeling when empty shelves and empty coolers force me to confront just how far out on the limb I am, and how many termites are gnawing away at it.
The bridge on a culvert at Ali Masjid was built in the British days and was one of the oldest bridges on the route.
Attackers set fire to at least 10 trucks parked overnight near Landi Kotal
Last week a US Nato commander said that individual member countries could seek supply routes through Iran.