Mostly work; some play


So, while life here at Ramrod is rough, we still make time to have some fun. Whether it’s a “friendly game” of flag football or soccer, or kicking back and playing poker or watching a movie. We do what we can to pass the time and keep our morale high.

In front of the chapel is a nice dirt field (recently grated) which makes for a nice playing field. Next to that is our Rocky-style gym. We have an “MWR” tent, but we are waiting to get AFN hooked up and there is no AC — which makes for quite the sauna.

People have asked what they can send Soldiers here. Honestly, we all enjoy the simple things. Granola bars, twizzlers, some toiletries, but typically those are well-stocked here.

Internet: We have seven computers for about 400 some odd Soldiers. Thirty minutes per person and then you can rotate back in. Sometimes the wait can be several hours. Typically, later at night is better — less people — but that means less sleep. Depends on how much that Soldier really loves you! :-)

Living quarters: We all sleep in tents with cots. Each Soldier has their own “room.” Whether or not they put a door on is up to them. They can decorate it as they see fit. Some people have gone as far as ordering fridges and microwaves to make it a little more like home.

Mail: Mail is hit and miss. It averages between 3-5 days to get here from Kandahar. We can only mail letters out. No packages or anything like that. Sometimes we’ll get stuff in a week. Other times, a month.

Food is pretty good. Ask any Soldier here and they’ll tell you Friday night is what we look forward to. Steak, Lobster and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream! Delicious. My favorite is the caramel/praline combination.

When it’s not Friday night, our next favorite is the mango sorbet popsicle. I grew up in Kenya, and honestly, it’s like someone picked one off the tree, blended it and froze it. For five minutes, it flashes me back to my homeland and nothing could be better — well, I could be home with my family. Anyway,

I hope everyone is doing well. Keep in touch! It’s always great to hear from family, friends and even perfect strangers.

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9 Responses to “Mostly work; some play”

  1. Hagenmary Says:

    Thank you for the HAPPY pictures! Boys being boys, playing in the dirt.
    I just can’t imagine running around and working out in that HEAT! You guys really are tough. I’ve been sending donated magazines & paperbacks to pass around; maybe they’ll open a Ramrod library! Some of us 1-12 parents & family & friends have been comparing notes on the FRG website , so tell all those grunts that we’re keeping close tabs on them! I, for one, am really looking forward to mid-tour leave. Can’t wait to see my soldier son (Tim, C co.) and pour him a frosty Guinness.
    Take care of yourself, and know that all of us at home are praying for you. Your posts of pictures & info. are the only thing that I pay any attention to (especially since Tim must really need his sleep, he’s been outta touch for two whole weeks and counting…grrrr!)
    P.S. So the computers in the moral tent are still the only way to E-mail? No personal laptop hook-ups yet?

  2. That’s a mighty fine poker table for guys who sleep in tents. Great photos as usual – especially the action shots.

  3. Thanks for the updates on what’s going on there. I find them very enlightening and interesting. Also, I have a cousin who is also a part of the 1-12 Bn at FOB Ramrod. Take care and be well.

  4. Angela, Bryan, and Daniel Says:

    Love the pictures. Glad to hear you guys get to have at least a little bit of fun. Those popsicles sound AWESOME! I would love that here in this 100 degree weather. Keeping you in our prayers. Thanks for the constant updates! :)

  5. Thank you for posting yet another great “snippet in the life of…”

    It’s good to see that, despite the conditions, you guys still have the finer things in life; humor, a soccer/football stadium, poker room, muscle beach, Baskin Robbins, and even gourmet dining. Who wouldn’t be jealous ;)

    Seriously though, you are providing an invaluable service to family, friends, and supporters through your posts. That you are able to post so regularly and with such quality is stunning. I now have a better idea of the sorts of things to include in my “box-o-fun” from home to the soldier I adopted. Woo!

    Oh, don’t forget: When your lobster has a tinge of ammonia scent, run!

  6. Glad to see you guys are having some fun- you certainly deserve it! Thank you for your service to our country and sacrifices for our freedom. We are always grateful for you and you and all members of the military are in our prayers.

  7. Hagenmary Says:

    Yup, boys will be boys! Playing in the dirt even though it’s 110 degrees.
    These pictures are SO great…just knowing that you-all have some down-time and fun is a great relief to me. But I don’t expect to see my son running around when he can be in an A/C’d tent playing games on his laptop, because some things don’t change!
    Thanks so much for answering some of my mundane questions. It’s the little things that keep me awake at night (Are there bugs & spiders? Is he even getting all the packages that I send? etc. etc. ) Your site is a sanity saver and a true blessing.
    Be safe, be careful, keep cool and remember that the folks at home are thinking of you and praying for all of you. XOXO

    • We have camel spiders, but they don’t seem to cause any problems. One platoon has a kitten, but you didn’t hear that from me. He should be getting all of the packages. A lot of us share what we get. It ends up working out pretty well with a different person getting a package about once a week. Don’t worry about asking too many questions. The only dumb question is the one not asked. Take care and keep in touch!

  8. Sappers-Wife Says:

    Hi,

    I don’t know you, but I wanted to say that I really enjoy following your blog. My husband is currently en route to Ramrod, or may already be there. From my perspective it’s always nice to hear how the soldiers are doing, and learn about their living conditions. I know you’re no longer at FOB ramrod, but I find myself still following your blog. Please keep it up, as your thoughts, observations and ideas do not go unnoticed back here stateside.

    I hope you are holding up okay, given the crappy situation. I know it’s been a rough go with heavy casualties in that area specifically. Keep your chin up and you’ll be home in no time. Some positive thinking goes a long way. (Though it appears you are doing plenty of that.)

    Again, thank you so much for sharing. I really enjoy it, and am thankful you are willing to blog on such a regular basis.

    Best of luck!
    -Rachael

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