Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Afghanistan Through My Eyes: Signs Signs Everywhere A Sign

The signs on FOB Fenty are all hand painted by the artist Youseff. I didn't get a chance to meet him, but I as impressed with his work.  All the signage is replaced with each division.

Here are some of the signs I found along my way in the past year and a 1/2.


Camp Leatherneck

Camp Geronimo: all bases recycle!

Camp Leatherneck

Aid Station: FOB Joyce

The Spa on FOB Fenty

Private Internet

Aid Station FOB Fenty

All uniforms must be burned.

FOB Fenty Broncos

FOB Fenty Gym

FOB Bostick


COP Penich

Aid Station FOB Fenty

Mortuary Affairs FOB Fenty

New Chapel: FOB Fenty

Occupation Therapy: FOB Fenty

FOB Fenty

FOB Fenty

FOB Fenty

Take Your Malaria Medication

FOB Fenty

FOB Fenty

THE place to get your hair cut!


Trauma Center FOB Fenty

FOB Joyce

FOB Joyce


New Signage FOB Fenty

Me with CSM Spano FOB Fenty

It is VERY active!

All Divisions get a stone in the walkway.

The NEW sign for Mountain Warriors

FOB Finley Shields
All Bases, FOB's and COP's are named in memoriam. It is a sad, but powerful tribute to those that gave their life for their country.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Afghanistan Through My Eyes: around the FOB Fenty and Joyce

There are plenty of people to meet and photo opportunities to be had on FOB's. Especially walking around with a camera, I just sort of instigate conversation...most of the time in a direct manner like, who are you and what are you taking pictures of?

Everyone has a job. SPL Tyler Ogden, from Salem Oregon is a medic. He's sitting on a gurney in the Trauma Center that up until this moment of reprieve was full of casualties for 24 hours.

Here is an MP with their dog waiting for the CSM of the Army to arrive.

Of course the Army has lots of photographers. Here is Trey Harvey (I didn't get his rank) who is considered a combat camera.
The 4 4 has their own PAO photographer SPL Rainey

On my way over to FOB Joyce I got to fly with Maj Hank...the dog

On FOB Joyce I ran into PV2 Charles Hittle from Yukon, Oklahoma. This is his 1st deployment.

 And I ran into these two soldiers sitting outside taking a break on FOB Fenty.

There are lots of interesting people in the small town community of a Forward Operating Base. Eventually you meet everyone...some soldiers you get to know, others keep to themselves, just serving their time as quietly as possible.