Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

Posted Friday, February 5, 2010 ·

After stepping off the plane and looking around I couldn't help but laugh. Seriously? The sky and the dirt are the same color? No plants anywhere, no water, no life except for an occasional desert fox slinking around. So this was home for the next two months. For the most part the days were spent sleeping with the nights reserved for flying missions, which was nice because the night sky looks the same wherever you are.

The base sits in the middle of nowhere about thirty minutes from the largest city in Qatar. It's an Air Force base which means it comes with a lot of stupid rules. Here are some of the award winners: shirts must be tucked in to shorts at all times...including when working out, a spotter is required when backing out of parking spaces, and best of all - reflective glow belts must be worn during hours of darkness. It's not like we're in a warzone or anything...stupid Air Force.

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