The Stars and Stripes has a profile on the military situation in Japan, most specifically the Sendai airport where we have set up shop. Next time you think you have it bad in your cramped apartment or want to complain about your neighbors, remember this:
One of the Marines working there Sunday, Master Sgt. James Miller, 38, of Temecula, Calif., said the camp has improved since an advance party arrived three weeks ago. The first Marines to hit the ground didn’t have tents, so they slept on cots in a freezing cold terminal in between missions during which they surveyed areas where people were displaced by the disaster.
“As soon as we brought our tents in, we started setting up the camp in a car park in front of the terminal,” said Miller, a member of the 3rd Logistics Group out of Okinawa.
As a precaution, U.S. military personnel working on the ground in the disaster zone all wear one or more “dosimeters” that record the amount of radiation they’ve been exposed to.
So far, no one has received a dangerous dose from the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, which is leaking radiation about 60 miles south of Sendai, according Marine chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist Sgt. John Sulzynski, 29, of Binghamton, N.Y.
Despite the ongoing nuclear crisis and news of leaking radiation, the troops are making the best of situation.
Staff Sgt. Alejandro Anglada, 24, of Puerto Rico, said the camp at the airport has fewer amenities than the forward operating base he lived at in Baghdad, Iraq, during a 15-month deployment from 2006 to 2008.
“In Iraq, we had a PX (Post Exchange) and all the amenities,” he said. “Here we just have the tents.”
Despite the lack of facilities at the airport, the troops at the airport have one thing they all look forward to.
“Every three days we go to Camp Sendai for a shower,” Clark said.
Whether we need it or not!
It reminds me of something I read on Reddit the other day. On Reddit, they have posts they call AMA, or Ask Me Anything. Anyway, the post I’m referring to was AMA Rich Man.
I have a beautiful wife that I garden with, two wonderful dogs, and an excellent vegetable garden/rabbit farm/chicken setup. My wife and I have a combined income of $30k. I’ve lived in the Mid-East and Asia, and I know what real poor people look like.
I know that I have food every day, I know that tomorrow I will be alive and most likely disease-free. I even can afford to lower/raise the temperature of my house a few degrees to make myself more comfortable. I know that there is a huge income gap in this country, and there is a lot of inequality. I am hoping just to remind you that richness is in your heart and experience. Most people with a lot of money spend much of their time thinking about how to get more or how not to spend too much.
Take a moment to look at your life and realize the things that make you happy. Strive for better, but don’t wallow in the fact that someone you don’t know makes 1,000 times your salary.
When you read about what our military is doing and put a little perspective on how good you really have it, it makes you appreciate our men and women in uniform and the overall greatness of life in America.