Diamond in the rough

Camp Atterbury leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn’t have many sidewalks. It rains … a LOT … ALL THE TIME. It’s muddy (because there are no sidewalks.) It has no grocery store. It has no main exchange. (It does have a small shoppette, but it doesn’t carry much of anything.) It has little in the way of entertainment … no movie theater, no golf course … not even a children’s playground. Basically, it’s just a bunch of old FEMA trailers (left over from Katrina) turned into office buildings to accommodate the influx of military people enroute to the ‘stan.

There’s not much at Camp Atterbury … except a swimming pool. Although I’ve been here several weeks, I never knew it existed until two days ago.

Camp Atterbury, IN -- Our team, enjoying a game of volleyball at the base pool. We actually had fun today, with a barbecue to celebrate a friends promotion
Camp Atterbury, IN —
Our team, enjoying a game of volleyball at the base pool.
We actually had fun today, with a barbecue to celebrate a friends promotion

We had a barbecue today, to celebrate the promotion of one of our officers, and to celebrate one of our Soldiers becoming a US citizen. (Some people don’t know that you don’t have to be a US citizen to serve in the US military.)

I normally don’t like to swim, but given the lack of anything to do here at Camp Atterbury, I jumped right in with the gang, and had fun playing water-volleyball. I can honestly say it was the most fun I’ve had since I’ve been here.

It’s funny how something as simple has going swimming can lighten the mood for people who are stressed out. The lesson I learned today is that in lieu of having access to what I want to do, I need to find something else and learn to like it … because I don’t think we’ll have a swimming pool in the ‘stan.

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