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question for those that have been to Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by uncoolperson, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson bellingham Member

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    My sister in law is headed that way in january (please keep her in your prayers), she did a tour in iraq a few years ago.

    For her iraq tour my wife sent her off with smokes, she's not smoking anymore (two kids), and I'd like some ideas of something to get for her to that might make life more bearable (I guess she's going to be driving convoys this time).

    Thanks
     
  2. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    *Hygiene stuff (non-scented baby wipes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap)
    *Candy (Chocolate)
    *Magazines (whatever she likes, even local Newspapers are cool)
    *Sun Screen


    For Xmas and stuff, she'd love a portable DVD player or MP3 player with her favorite toons...just some suggestions.
     
  3. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    These are the things I missed when I was there! what part of A-stan???
     
  4. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson bellingham Member

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    not sure, going second hand, sister in law to the wife to me. The wife is pretty stuck on her sister going back overseas.
     
  5. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I will be praying for her, just like I do for every American Hero that is serving overseas!
     
  6. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    For me it was magazines, foods you can't really get at the PX. Things like noodles. Also, you need to know if her power supply is running 110 or 220. We were on 220 so any electronic equipment had to have an adapter or be rated to not get fried on 220. One thing I really liked was a portable water boiling cup thingy. Make you own hot water anytime for coffee, tea, noodles... :)
     
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    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    Home Page | Jetboil

    Very nice kit.
     
  8. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Shkin, Orgunie, Kandahar, Bagram, Kowst to name a few....mostly all the Army bases on the Southeastern side of A-Stan.

    This is what one of our guys brought...cool little heater (she runs on gas!).

    *edit*

    One thing a couple of us guys also bought were some single-man tents...so if she's going to be outside the wire a lot I would suggest a single-person tent. I still have a Coleman single-person tent...but it looks like they discontinued my model.

    *edit x2*

    Even though she doesn't smoke, I'd still send her smokes! I hadn't smoked a day in my life....but I made a lot of friends from the Marlboro Reds my dad sent me....lol
     
  9. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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  10. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Amen.

    I thank them all for their service.
     
  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Not to be morbid (seriously), but maybe set her up with additional body armor if she's going to be driving in convoys.
     
  12. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Just FYI...SERIOUSLY this is the LAST THING she is going to want.

    EVER

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  13. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I would have to second that opinion!
     
  14. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    As a former grunt (that wore late 80's vintage 1st gen issued Kevlar vests) I would agree, but she's in transportation (I assume) sittin' behind the wheel.. I'd have additional plates slathered all over the inside of my truck's cab. :D
     
  15. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    if she is going to run in a rig and carry a pistol I would suggest getting her a Blackhawk serpa holster that will fit on the vest. The other stuff listed is all good. I would add a converter to go from 110 to 220.
     
  16. moriarty689

    moriarty689 Oregon New Member

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    A PSP with some long games is money. I'd suggest against a dvd player and get one of those mini laptops with USB ports and like a 500gb hard drive. Don't have to worry about cds, you can just get movies and shows with copy/paste from other peoples stuff. A small Pelican case to put your electronics in to protect from the dust, ect and also from being battered around to much on convoys.

    A 110/220 power adapter is good incase you are in any place where the Brits/nato forces set up the place. Smokes are ALWAYS good.


    2 cents
     
  17. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    Lots of baby wipes or at least monthly resupply shipments!!!
     
  18. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    might as well send her the smokes... 'cause within three weeks in-country, she'll be smoking again.
     
  19. atypicalparkie

    atypicalparkie sowfeast poetland, ohraygun Member

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    I'm with you there. Prayers & sincere thanks for her and everyone who serves.
     
  20. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    Gotta agree with the smokes. If she's off the FOB a lot, she'll start smoking again. Then, with 2 months or so left in her pump, start sending her Nicorette gum.