Commuting By Foot
Looks like I have replaced my 20 minute civilian commute in D.C. with one the same length, only there's no traffic on this one and it's a bit more healthy.
There's a modest gym at the base, but with a 20 minute commute on foot from the tents to the chow hall, not to mention the 30 minute hike to the flight line, the gym is hardly needed. Most of us pass out from the work and miles of walking when we get back to the tents at night. Many have purchased bikes to try and get around faster, though bikes don't solve the problem of sore muscles for soldiers who haven't ridden them much back home.
Overall, some of us are walking more than 5 miles a day. Without cell phones, we have to hike to the chow hall to communicate with friends and loved ones in the U.S. The flight line is so huge that it takes 20 minutes to walk from one hangar to the next, so if you forget something you stand to lose close to an hour's time to retrieve it. Some of us will shed a few pounds this year, especially as the heat rises.
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