Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Camp Virginia, designed as a temporary camp for military transients, is where Navy forces stay en route to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is situated in the middle of the desert with a vista of sand that seems to extend beyond the horizon. The camp was built to fold up instantly, if necessary, leaving not a trace of former habitation.
We recieve briefings in large tents, reminding me of the temporary Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, on cultural awarness, range safety, and information about future travel. We sleep in small tents with 10 cots in each, and eat in portable trailers. Even the showers are in a trailer. It's a very strange place. I have included some photos of the camp, pretty much showing what life is like.
In a few days, we head to the Udari Range, for some final training before the final leg of our trip to Afghanistan. We will sleep 50 to a tent, and eat MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), the modern version of military rations, only much better tasting!