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U.S. Marines - Tough Living Conditions in Iraq
A Washington Post article (12/22/2015) "Behind the scenes in the Marine Corps mission against the Islamic State" gives some more perspective on the living conditions of Marines in Iraq.
"(Camp Manion) is an outpost within an outpost — an island in the middle of the now Iraqi-controlled Taqaddum airbase where a small contingent of Marines, soldiers and Special Forces help train Iraqi troops"
"The current mess hall is a shell of its former self — a drafty warehouse with walls covered in a patchwork of tarps and a dessert selection relegated to cardboard boxes filled with Pop-Tarts."
"the (Christmas) tree could be lit, but the Marines have decided that the one power adapter they have should remain attached to their coffee machine."
"Baker Company is tasked with security for all of Taqaddum, and the Marines take turns rotating between patrolling inside the perimeter, standing post and manning the quick reaction force, or QRF. The QRF stays in a room next to the operations center for 24 hours at a time."
"other units from the 7th Marines stationed elsewhere in the region provide detachments specifically dedicated to recovering downed aircraft and crew members. Marines are also assigned to a broader task force to assist Iraqi offensive operations by sharing intelligence with their Iraqi counterparts, as well as helping with indirect fire from Camp Havoc’s 155mm self-propelled howitzers and GPS-guided rockets".