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Base Improvements: A New Look for Kandahar

By Spc. C. Elijah Spencer, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2003 – After three years, four rotations, and who knows how many thousands of troops, Kandahar Air Field here is getting a facelift.

"We're going to be here for a while", said Lt. Col. Steven Mahoney, Airfield Support Task Force commander. "The main thing is that the soldiers here get the things that are important and essential for a good quality of life away from home."

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation tent has moved to a larger, more convenient location past the hangar on Warrior Way. The gym has moved from behind the post exchange to the same area as the MWR tent. And when construction of a new PX Mini Mall is complete, soldiers can get their uniforms altered or patches sewn on at the new alterations and embroidery shop.

Troops also will be able to pick up something for the folks back home at the improved gift shop or the new jewelry shop. For the sports enthusiast, the latest in workout apparel and accessories will be available at the new sporting goods store.

Soldiers can relax by sipping on a hot cappuccino at the new coffee shop or grab a bite to eat at Nathan's Hot Dog Shop.

Further improvements are planned, including modular housing, complete with central air conditioning and heat, Mahoney said. These aluminum buildings will feature four- man rooms. Other comforts in the buildings will include showers, toilets and refrigerators, he added.

Even though morale at KAF is good and the service members are content with their surroundings, Mahoney said, he knows life will be better for the soldiers here as the improvements continue.

"They deserve everything that we're doing for them", he said. "Soldiers know how to soldier. They are not complaining, but we're still going to make things better."

(Army Spc. C. Elijah Spencer is assigned to the 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

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