Sunday, August 09, 2009

Home Sweet Home

The place were SPC C and I are training served as a training site for military personnel during WWII, and used during the Korean Conflict as well. For years it fell into desuetude (look it up!), and many motorists who pass by it on the freeway have no clue that it's an operational base, used to ready military personnel for deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and elsewhere.

We've had Marines and Navy personnel training here just in the time since I arrived, for example.

The barracks and classrooms we live and train in were built almost 70 years ago. Now, to be fair, they've been improved (slightly), but still have asbestos tile floors and lead paint on the walls.

Here are some shots of the historic buildings here; the lower photos are both buildings in use, as it turns out. The structure on the left serves as our 'white cell' headquarters (the Soldiers who are performing administrative and other support functions for those of us who are deploying are located in that building.

The structure on the right is the medical clinic I went to when I was so dehydrated.

The sign outside usually says "closed" -- appropriate, eh?

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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Kanani said...

I love the look of the buildings, though it might be slightly depressing if I had to work there year round.

Just make sure you're not licking walls or taking swipes of the asbestos ceilings.

Anonymous said...

My unit did our AT this year in similar looking buildings with a similar history. The ones we were in had been repainted, had new siding, stuff like that, but they were still pretty tired in places. The faucet in the bathroom of the chapel didn't just drip, it ran like it was on in the off position.

I loved being in those old buildings. So much history.

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