posted on Mar, 14 2014 @ 12:28 AM
Well I guess I'll chime in. Diego is an awesome place to be deployed. I've been there a few times on 60 day tours. They house a tanker wing and a
bomber wing, rotating from B-1's to B-52's with the occasional B-2 out there in there specially made hangers. The very first pic posted in the OP
is nothing more than tent city for the USAF forces deployed there. The aircrew
stayed "downtown" in nicely renovated billeting on the beach. It
truly is a beautiful place as you will see in some of my pics from there. They even have a little nine hole all par 3 golf course and range.
There is an area on the base that looks like it was used for prisoners but I wont go into detail about where it is or anything like that. I've also
spotted COBRA BALL there a few times as well. The mission for the tankers was to either refuel the bombers going into or coming out of Afghanistan. We
either took off with the bomber, flew about four hours north, dumped off all our gas to them and returned home. Or we would fly the four hours north,
turn in front of the bomber coming south, offload gas, and watch those bastards fly with afterburners all the way back to the base!
Everything you could want is on the island. All cases of beer, no matter what kind, were 12 bucks. There was no drinking limit like in Qatar or other
places. We weren't rationed. The island is naturally air conditioned with a daytime high between 80-85 and a nighttime low between 70-75 year around.
It kicked ass for lack of a better word. But enough talking, here's some pics...
Flightline with KC-135's, B-1's and you can see the B-2 shelters in the backround.
B-1 taking off with tanker right behind
From the boom pod. The "Footprint of the Ocean"