Sunday, January 19, 2014
Retrograde: Posts Downsize and Austere Conditions Rise
The U.S. force level in Afghanistan is steadily getting smaller. As the size of the force diminishes the need for the many bases - large and small - across Afghanistan goes away. Camp commanders struggle with what resources and activities remain on a base as it down-sizes and what needs to go. These decisions on the retrograde operations in Afghanistan affect the ability to conduct operations and the standard of living and services of these military and contractor personnel left behind. Flush toilets, hot meals, shower units, and other services are slowly going away to be replaced with port-a-potties, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), and sponge baths (and lots of deodorant). One place that is seeing the effects of retrograde is Camp Dwyer in the Garmsir district of Helmand province. Read more in "At Marine outpost in Afghanistan, conditions grow more austere by the day", Marine Corps Times, July 14, 2014.