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November 15, 2012
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MISSION TO AFGHANISTAN: Living the good life

Day 5, a day at FOB Shank - Mid-November and dustier than hell. Dust, and the furniture is soon caked again with the fine powdery stuff.

Imagine a tent city in the middle of the Nevada desert with no paved roads. The scene could also be of one portrayed in the Old West of a mining camp with narrow dirt streets and dust flying everywhere. For others, the Burning Man site could be transformed into a civilian-type FOB on the Black Rock playa but only without rules.

Such a place for Nevada guardsmen is Forward Operating Base Shank, located in …

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