August 27, 2009

Photo Essay - Patrol Base Mahawil


A Soldier pulls guard duty in one of the towers on Patrol Base Mahawil. Soldiers pull long shifts watching entry points in the intense Iraqi heat, which one Soldier likens to "lemon juice on a wound." Photo by J.P. Lawrence


Soldiers at Patrol Base Mahawil have to take combat showers, showers lasting less than 30 seconds, in order to conserve water. "You just turn it on, get a little bit wet, cover yourself in soap real quick, turn back on, let it rinse off real quick, and if you don't get it in 30 seconds, you're stuck with soap on your body," says Spc. Gerry Denardi, a native of Branford, Conn., and an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade. Photo by J.P. Lawrence


Soldiers at Patrol Base Mahawil sleep in either the bombed-out headquarters building or "tent city," a compound of 12-person tents. While headquarters personnel sleep in beds, most Soldiers live in the tents. "Tent city's the place to be," says Spc. Gerry Denardi, a native of Branford, Conn., and an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade. "That's where us hooligans live." Photo by J.P. Lawrence

1 comment:

Akinoluna - a female Marine said...

Haha, where the hooligans live!