B-Huts and laundry day

Camp laundry room

Camp laundry room

I’m getting used to waking up early in the morning and took advantage of the empty laundry room around 0600 hrs.  Since moving to our new camp, we have been busy on missions and setting up our rooms.  My 2 laundry bags have been bursting at the seams for awhile now.  Normally I would turn it into the contractor and have it back the next

My room

My room

day.  However lately, I have noticed my clothes are coming back dirtier than when I turned them in.  The contractor washes everything together and the clothes don’t really look or feel clean after they are laundered.  Perhaps someone is taking a shortcut and washing them in the local polluted stream, I don’t know.  But I seized the opportunity

AF Captain in his wood cubicle

AF Captain in his wood cubicle

to wash my own clothes with laundry detergent and dry them using dryer sheets.    So now my bed sheets and clothes have the fresh fragrance of Tide Mountain Spring.  Sometimes it’s the small things in life that can make your day.

Due to the communication networks being down, we were unable to accomplish much today.  Half the team worked on inspecting the vehicles, while the AF Captain and I took care of some administrative chores.  This was also another opportunity to unpack more clothes and reorganize our rooms.  Notice the cardboard box serving as my computer desk.  Due to limited resources, you have to use your imagination and scrounge for items to

AF TSgt in his cubicle

AF TSgt in his cubicle

furnish the rooms.  We have been pretty fortunate with finding some lockers and improvised using 550 parachute cord, blankets, nails, screws, etc.  Some of my teammates brought their chairs and desks from the previous camp, while I transported my small refrigerator to keep a supply of cold and frozen water for missions.

Our B-Hut

Our B-Hut

I’ve asked several people about the meaning of the B-Hut and received puzzled looks.  “It’s always been called that and hmmmm….I really never thought about the [historical] meaning,” was the reply of an Army First Sergeant.  The entire structure is made of double ply plywood and the interior is segmented into small cubicles with a hallway running down

B-hut hallway

B-hut hallway

through the center.  A heat/air conditioning unit is mounted on opposite ends of the hallway.  Curtains or blankets affixed to 550 parachute cord serve as a privacy barrier to the wood cubicle rooms.

After work today, some of my teammates decided to take a hike up the hill overlooking the camp.  Two of my teammates

Af Capt and Lt run up the hill with their weapons

Af Capt and Lt run up the hill with their weapons

chose to run, while the rest of us settled for a brisk walk.  While walking up the hill, a young local boy stopped us and asked [in English] for a dollar.  A female member gave him a dollar not realizing that her gift of generosity was a day wages for children.  Afghanistan still has forced child labor and many children work to help pay off their parents’

Little boy asks for a dollar

Little boy asks for a dollar

debt.  Children are often used for manual labor at the brick making factories so prevalent throughout this country along with other hard labor jobs.  The ANA guard growled at the boy because he was getting too close to the concertina wire, so we left and continued our hike.

Down in the valley we watched children flying kites.  My guess this was

Children flying a kite

Children flying a kite

a gift to them for the Eid holiday.  The past few days we have observed a dozen kites flying freely in the sky.  Several of them crashed down into the camp too.  I’m still waiting for the opportunity to try my skills at kite fighting.  This was a sport previously banned by the ruling Taliban.

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5 Responses

  1. B-HUT term used by service members,military contractors.refer to a type of semi permanent wooden structure,replacement for a tent.primarily in Afghanistan.! only expected to last three to four years.
    short version wikipedia. ( B-for bad.) maybe.LOL stay safe.

    • When I was stationed at Camp Phoenix, I asked one of the sargent majors about the B-huts. He informed me that it was so named due to the fact that it was built out of the Basic hut plan. Hence B-hut.

      The TOC was an A-hut. I guess a little better than the B, but that plywood was so horrible, I had migraines for weeks until the fumes were finally purged out of the “wood.”

      Looks like you gifs are much better than we had in 206.

      Keep you head on a swivel.

  2. What a thrill to see our son running in one of the photos above! Thank you for the interesting photos and stories.
    Wayne and Linda Penney
    Lake Zurich, IL

  3. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/24/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  4. Hi,

    I have organized Operation Pillowcase as a way to get handmade pillowcases to the troops in Afghanistan. We are currently sending them to FOB Shank. I was looking for pictures of the living spaces and found your blog. Thanks for your blog-it helps me understand what is going on over there.

    I have linked to this post in my own blog today:
    http://www.debraspincicdesignstudio.blogspot.com

    God Bless!

    PS-I you happen to receive any of the pillowcases, I would love to see a photo! We are sending them to CH Wead to distribute.

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