Space is tight here at Combat Outpost Mizan.
A platoon from Fort Wainwright’s 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment is on its way out. Two platoons from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment are just getting settled in.
The Wainwright guys have been here a year. They seem proud of their work, and they’re ready to get home. Their mood is best summarized by the soldier who declared several times today, “I can’t wait to get back to Alaska, land of beer and Taco Bell.”
He’s not asking for much.
The folks from Lewis have been on the ground in Afghanistan for close to four months. They’re checking out the new post and learning about what the rest of the deployment has in store for them.
In the meantime, Alaska soldiers are sleeping on cots in the MWR and in the gym. They’re working out, packing up and looking for ways to spend their money when they get home. They put in their time and they’re closer to home every day.