Detachment packing and Kandahar airfield facilities

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  1. Heading off to Kandahar for a 6 month detachment at the weekend. Any advice on what to pack and any info on what facilities are at the Kandahar airfield? Cheers!
     
  2. Take all electrical kit with you - there is an American PX but it has only a limited range of electricals, and is not a patch on the PX up north in Bagram. The NAAFI stocks some electricals too, but they're priced to reflect their weight in gold. Therefore, if you need a dvd player, tv or stereo then take it with you.

    All other domestic stuff such as toiletries and snacks available, at reasonable prices in the PX (Do the NAAFI manage to sell anything at those prices? Watch out for the NAAFI selling swimming goggles - hilarious when there's not pool for hundreds of miles). US PX also does a nice line in kick ass patriotic t-shirts. Leatherman waves at $60, so a job lot for ebay will come in handy.

    On the base there's innumerable other coffee shops (Green Bean - Partriotism first, coffee second - yup, that's septic and the altogether more refined Timmy Hortons from Canada), Subway, 24hr Pizza Hut (they deliver) and various other small nation PX/PRI shops.

    Big gym available, but tends to be full of US air force beefcakes sweating their supplements all over the equipment.

    Nice sprinkling of international birds, the Dutch had a nice contingent IIRC but the US Air Force honies aren't far behind. The Dutch did have an alcohol free bar where the aforementioned ladies were available to humiliate you if required.

    Scoff on the base okay - try to get an American DFAC dining card though - they have about four times the daily messing budget and it shows. The Brit cookhouse serves the usual pie and chips stuff, and there's usually a curry on. The DFACs do fresh omlettes at breakfast and a pretty good salad selection at lunch.

    Plenty of internet and welfare phone availability though, so it shouldn't be a problem. Satellite TV also available so you shouldn't miss too much sport over the summer.

    Enjoy. It's dusty and turns to Passchendale after it's rained. But there are far worse places to be.

    Edited to add - most of the UK accommodation is now in hard standing blocks with decent ablutions. But, there was still alot down the other end of the airfield in tents, near the sewage plant. Guess which was the most sought after! It depends on your unit where you'll be living but it won't be too cold over the summer..... but it may be smelly.
     
  3. Awesome gen- many thanks!

    Anyone know if O2 mobiles will work there?

    Internet access q.s:
    Is there a queue or time limit
    Will they take USB sticks, floppies or CDs
    Can you print stuff
    Are they conveniently close to UK accommodation?

    Would it be worth trying to get my mountain bike sent out in the supply system?

    How many men to a room is it?

    Should I pack any civvy clothes?

    Will I have to carry rifle / pistol (or body armour / helmet) at all times?

    Are there any communal DVD players / VCRs out there?

    Anyone know if all the above FAQs are already covered on another website?
     
  4. You are strongly advised NOT to use a UK mobile in theatre. Your unit may even forbid it. Skype is the way forward - take a headset/webcam with you to use on the internet.

    You could get your mountain bike sent if you want to - but they are available cheaply enough in the PX (about $70), and you wouldn't want a good one out there.

    You will carry your rifle/pistol at all times.

    Internet is next to the UK NAAFI in the UK part of the camp.

    There are some communal dvd facilities, usually at unit level. There's also a place next to the gym that has playstations, pool tables etc that also has a TV room that frequently shows films.

    Don't bother with civvy clothes unless your job requires it (unlikely) as there's nowhere to go.
     
  5. Are you sure this guy is for real? First post to ask advice about deploying in two or three days time?
     
  6. Sounds like flippin' Butlins to me. What happened to the 14inch Black and White TV, the badly errected satallite and the fooking massive queue for the free phone that the scallies had 'patched' in?

    You lads make going to war sound quite good. Away from the missus, lots of phys, some DVDs and all you can eat. Might join back up.
     
  7. There are some good little shops down at the "Boardwalk". I bought a job lot of silk nighties for $10 each. Oh yeah, and some jinglie will shoot rockets at you, probably saturday night.

    PS Porn, porn, porn, porn and er... PORN!
     
  8. [MountainYeti wrote:
    Heading off to Kandahar for a 6 month detachment at the weekend. Any advice on what to pack and any info on what facilities are at the Kandahar airfield? Cheers!

    Are you sure this guy is for real? First post to ask advice about deploying in two or three days time? ]

    I've been given jack all info by my unit, can't contact the US personnel I'm joining and A1 were completely useless -hence why I had no info with only a few days to go. I managed to extort a bit more info from Personnel Services today but it's like getting blood out of a stone. How come when you go on a course you get decent joining instructions and yet when you deploy for 6months in a warzone you get a generic prep signal and that's it? It really is pretty gash -never rely on the Admin branch to be on top of stuff or look after you.

    How much does it cost to phone the UK and is there normally a big wait to get on a phone?

    Internet access q.s:
    Is there a big queue or time limit
    Will they take USB sticks, floppies or CDs
    Can you print stuff

    I take it that the whole base is on 110V but some rooms have US sockets and others have UK? If so, will UK DVD players work on this voltage?

    Are the communal films all on DVD rather than VCR?

    Thanks to all for the gen above.