So, ever since we moved from Bagram to Morales-Frazier, we’ve kind of just been working and living wherever we can. There hasn’t been enough office area for each section within our team to have their own office, so we’ve been sharing computers and workspaces, storing our gear wherever we could find an empty spot.
We were waiting patiently for another US military unit to move out of an existing building at Morales-Frazier so we could move in to their old digs.
They finally did. Today, we started moving (again …) This time, to set up our new offices here at the FOB.
I hooked up some speakers to my Macbook, and let iTunes serve as the DJ while the Soldiers moved desks and furniture in the building. Meanwhile, our communications troops scrambled to get connectivity for our work computers. It was kind of fun, as people were excited to finally have a place where they could settle.
I was given a small little space, with plywood boards for walls, to serve as my office. On the walls are graffiti markings and quotes from servicemembers who lived/worked in the building in the past.
Marking a territory is a military tradition. Wherever a servicemember goes, they usually try to find some way to leave a lasting mark. More often than not, this is done with a pen and some imagination, but there are other ways.
For example, pilots and aircrew members like to leave stickers that depict their squadron’s logo everywhere they go. The young troops, whose minds are still very much fixated on the opposite sex, like to leave nice little “quotes”, limericks and other text that make for interesting (and often unprofessional) reading. (Much of it containing words that rhyme with “duck.”)
The wall of my office is “decorated” with such “artwork”. I can’t decide if I should cover up the walls with something more professional looking, or just leave it as is, being sure to leave my own clever little saying on my way out. I do have another officer coming to replace me soon, it would be nice if I could present a clean office. But, then, again, who am I to buck tradition?