(NOTE I have lost or misplaced my major pics of GITMO)
There are many
assignments where military personnel cannot take their families. Shipboard is one of course then there is Adak
Alaska and GITMO Cuba. If one takes their family to GITMO they must agree to
stay 2-4 years, or they go without family and it is 1 year isolated duty.
I choose to go
there because I could take my family and it was considered sea duty. As a rule sailors are required to spend some
time at sea. I served on Aircraft Carriers most. Two
years on the USS Independence and a few years on an inspection team and was aboard
all carriers of the East Coast. There are sailors who never go to sea.
Planes leave the ship by catapult, the fighter in the air is leaving via the Waist Cat, the ones in foreground. are on or awaiting their turn on the forward CAts. My compartment for sleeping was just below the Waist Cat. Noisy. LOL My working area was just below the flight deck, also noisy.
There are many
things not taken into consideration for folks in places like GITMO. There are
cars of course, so there is a gas station. There is a USN PX and one USMC PX
plus one grocery store that is called ‘the Commissary.’
Most shopping closes
@ 1800 (6PM), All are closed after 2100 (9PM). It took me back to my childhood with things
closed evenings and Sunday, etc.
One of the things you
learn is that there are no Auto repair facilities. You or your friends have to ‘fix’
your cars. . ... One thing you learn very soon after arriving, Most everyone Shops
at SEARS. The Sears of GITMO is ‘The Dump,’
Yep the garbage dump
held treasures the handy man could use. Keep in mind there is no Auto Zone or Home Depot. I never bought a car part, there
were junk cars of all types from which to pull parts. Most washing machine/dryers
was repaired with parts accumulated over the years at SEARS, bicycles, scooters,
trikes, cars and trucks also.
GITMO is also the
world’s largest mine field. Very dangerous and marked well in different
All fresh water in GITMO comes from a huge
desalination plant. The pipes serving barracks and housing are above ground in
the sun.. Water is heated for desalination so your water at home is ALWAYS hot
or very warm. YOU CANNOT drink from the faucet. So of course, you did not use
the hot water handle when taking a shower.
More GITMO next time.
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