After arriving Iraq, we got
assigned our living quarters. Our housing areas are “containerized housing units”, or CHU’s for short. They are set up and surrounded by large concrete “T” walls to protect from shrapnel damage, or bullets. I’m lucky that mine has a bathroom inside (called a wet CHU). Others have to go to another trailer for showers or to the bathroom. Here is a view of the outside of U pod. IRAQ
Here is in side the
pod. This is the view outside my CHU. More T walls and CHU’s. As long as a mortar doesn’t land square on top of your pod, you should be OK.
Some flight line pictures. Pods
with CHU’s are in the background. It’s hard to sleep so close to the flight line and runway with F-16’s taking off in full afterburner at 3:00 in the morning, and CV-22’s hovering by.
This is the micro climate
vest. The umbilical(in my left hand) gets hooked into the aircraft and chilled glycol circulates into the tubing, helping keep us cooler. It feels like a cool shower when it’s turned on. It works pretty good. When it fails on a hot day, life sucks. You’re wearing a flight suit top, bullet proof vest, and a survival vest over the thing.