posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 08:53 PM
Very cool thread! S&F! I have always had a fascination with Diego Garcia. When I was little my dad worked for the navy and we were stationed in
Gitmo..now that was way before the post 9/11 mess, and let me tell you it was an amazing place!
I have a lot of good memories of that duty station, they had an outdoor movie theater and you could take trips by naval ship to Jamaica. We had a lot
of interesting animals there...banana rats(named because their poop was banana shaped!) geckos, wild goats, tarantulas, and these iguanas that hung
out on the cliffs near the beaches. I could see the Cuban guard towers from the playground in my neighborhood...it was really weird because I never
remember being afraid of them at all. We even had practice drills were we'd have to get our passports and get on a bus and drive to the ferry that
would take us to the other side of the bay (windward or leeward I can't remember) then we'd sit and wait for a plane, then take accountability then
be released to go back on the bus, go the ferry and then go home...it was so boring, all the kids hated it, we'd bring coloring books.
After our time in Gitmo, my dad considered a job in Diego Garcia, but he couldn't take the fam, so he turned it down to go to Germany. I'm totally
happy he picked Germany, but he told me about DG and made it sound exotic, so ever since I've always wondered about it.
The military has all sorts of little places tucked away, and as another poster mentioned there are tons of cold war installations to explore. I spent
some time in Germany visiting a few of the old posts that were no longer being used and it brought back a lot of memories for me, they are super
spooky and cool to explore.
As far as active remote installations, I am not really familiar with too many, but I know we have Thule afb in Greenland and stavenger(sp?) in
Norway....both which I'd like to visit.