We stayed overnight at FOB Morales-Frazier in Nijrab district. When we woke up today, we paid a visit to the Voice of Nijrab radio station, a building which is visible from the FOB’s gate.
Most of the time, we travel using our MRAPS (armored vehicles.) But today, we actually travelled by good ol’-fashioned FOOT PATROL! (Hey! I thought we STOPPED doing that in VIETNAM!)
I spoke with an employee about the station’s programming, and learned a little bit about how often they broadcast. Sadly, they don’t run twenty-four hours a day, because they don’t have enough fuel to run the generator that powers the equipment. Of course, I would prefer to have the station running all the time.
After visiting the radio station, we patrolled on foot to a nearby village. (I’m too old for this, but got it done, anyway.) There, we polled the locals about their water and sanitation needs while I gave away free radios.
I’ve got my fingers and toes … It was a good day.