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Danke Schon, Camp Marmal, Afghanistan

March 28, 2010 | Lieutenant Colonel Chris LeCron

Camp Marmal, a base camp near Mazar-e Sharif was truly a beautiful location with a wonderful Star Wars bar like quality to the atmosphere.  Soldiers from Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Croatia, Norway, and even Latvia are stationed at the northern Afghanistan base camp.  A Hungarian 1st Lieutenant was our POC at the camp and did a great job.  We even received a beer garden ration card - althought we could not use due to not being allowed to drink in a combat zone (USA Only).  The Germans are considering such a rule but have not enforced one yet. 

 

One of the best things about the base camp was the dining facilities.  One is German and one Norwegian.  The French butter and bread was something that I will really miss from there.  Most of the military at the camp is German and a 1 star German Army office commands all othe the northern NATO Afghansitan mission from there.  Some of the German I learned from playing soccer with the German Air Force in El Paso came in handy.  I still know several phrases like hi, bi, left, right, and a few more expressive ones too!  I had the chance to ride outside of base camp with the Germans in Armored Mercedes SUV's.  It was a tight fit with all of our gear on.  One of the first things I saw was a group of Afghan children playing soccer !!

 

Here are some photos of the base camp and surrounding area.  I just finished an article about the area and will provide a link witht the article in my next post

 

Early morning view outside of my tent!!

 

Convoy outside of base camp with German and Hungarian military.

 

Two German soldiers share a cigarette in the early morning at Camp Marmal.

 

NATO vehicles are lined up at Camp Marmal.

Me standing in front of an M-ATV (MRAP all terrain vehicle).  They are made specifically for the rough terrain and narrow raods of Afghanistan.

M-ATV's discharged at the Mazar-e Sharif military airfield.

A German armored security vehicle.

 

My tent at Camp Marmal.

My humble cot at Camp Marmal.

U.S. Air Force teams discharge M-ATV's from an aricraft.


89 Comments

  • PA Mo
    3/29/2010 9:08 PM
    Thank you sir. I will searching for information on this base. Your page was most insightful. Hopefully, I will meet you soon.
  • Esther Thomas
    4/25/2010 10:37 AM
    Hello
    My husband just got there to camp Marmal and he has problem geting cash since ther is NO ATM. How did you solve that problem.
    Thank you for you help
    Esther
  • Grace Marti nez
    4/26/2010 12:04 PM
    Grandaughter Lisa Huron arrived at your camp.She is doing great she said.
    Say hello &keep safe Thank You
  • awilda rivera
    4/28/2010 8:17 AM
    MY OLDER SON ANGEL MANUEL ORTEGA RIVERA YOUR INICIALS ARE LOVE IN SPANISH THATS WHAT YOU ARE FOR ME MY SPECIAL LOVE MY SON IM PROUD OF YOU TE AMA MAMITA.
  • Mary Ann Masek
    5/10/2010 12:07 AM
    Enjoyed the pictures very much since my grandson just arrived there from camp mike spann. MY prayer is that he stay safe, out of trouble and harms way and come home well and happy, both physically and mentally.
  • Bonnie C Johnson
    5/19/2010 10:32 PM
    Thanks so much for posting this info and pics. Our son arrived at Marmal a few weeks ago. He is doing great and we pray he stays safe and well.
  • Melissa
    6/9/2010 12:47 PM
    Thank you for showing these photos are you still At Camp Marmal?
  • Cindy Cummings
    7/18/2010 10:23 PM
    What great information. My son just arrived 2 nights ago. I am in the process of preparing a box. Is there something you can suggest that he might not have thought of? Also, is there something that we could send to help others? Thank you so much.
    • Margaret Gilmore
      7/21/2010 2:49 AM
      Cindy~ what unit is your son with? My son arrived July 15th from Ft. Hood, TX. This is his third tour, but the first (and prayerfully his last) to Afghanistan. It would be great to be in touch with other military parents. I am keeping all of our troops in my prayers.
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      • Amanda
        7/26/2010 8:38 PM
        My Fiance left with the group on the seventeenth of July. He's with the 4ID.
        It's good to just read that someone else's family from Ft. Hood is also praying and waiting.
        • yolanda
          8/6/2010 12:02 AM
          My fiance is from Ft.HOOD too. He left on July 16.this would be his 3RD tour.I havent heard from him in about 2wks.all my prayers r for all our men and women.
        • R. A.
          9/21/2010 4:23 PM
          My husband is in 4 ID and from Fort Hood; he left in June for Marmal. Perhaps they work together...
  • Margaret Gilmore
    7/21/2010 10:35 AM
    Cindy, my son left out on the 11th and arrived in Afghanistan on the 15th after processing in Tajakistan or some name similar to that. He requested more socks, chap stick, beef jerkey, flavor packets (like Crystal light) for their bottled waters. He also asked for a few cartons of Marlboro's, but the postal regulations changed and will not allow us to send cigarettes any longer. We do not smoke, but I think this is not the time to have smoker's run out of cigarettes. Shaun has not said he was chilly at all, we talked about ways to cool down actually.
    My son is SPC Shaun Petzoldt, he was with 4th ID originally, his address now shows he is with the 4th CAB 2-4 aviation regiment. he is a wheeled mechanic tethered with aviation. The last tour at Camp Taji, Iraq, he was a door gunner rather than foot patrol as in the first tour. One of his buddies posted a comment on my son's facebook page that he was looking forward to having him as "his gunner again!". We catch him occasionally on yahoo messenger, so I leave messages for when he gets a chance to sign in. I have had one quick call. Here is my email if you would like to correspond with me. peggygilmore@charter.net

    I will ask if he knows your son in our next chat.
    Stay blessed and I too will keep your son in prayer, and all of you as well!

    Peggy ~ nickname!
    • Penny Welch
      7/22/2010 1:22 PM
      Hi Peggy,
      Was just browsing and saw your post. I actually met Petz the day my son-in-law Cody deployed July 18. They are in the same unit. Knew it had to be the same person with that name and my daughter assured me it was. Crazy small world. Cody says it is extremely hot and doesn't like the food too much. Lets keep in touch! Penny
    • Tami Hendrix
      8/10/2010 9:08 AM
      Peggy, My son, Cory Bounds, is in the same unit as your son. I check on facebook at least five times a day to see if he has posted any notes. I am praying that this year goes super fast as it is his 3rd deployment also. I have a 9 month old grand-daughter that is in Killeen waiting for her daddy's return. I keep all of our troops in my prayers at all times waiting for an end to all of this.
      Thank your son for me.
      Tami
    • Lulu
      5/22/2011 5:39 PM
      you all should really read up on OPSEC because the info u r providing is not safe for enemies to see.
  • Sandy Hopkins
    7/22/2010 1:44 PM
    Hi everyone,
    I'm glad you all were able to find eachother. It's great to have support. I was browsing, looking for Camp Marmal info, and I found this page. I recently adopted a soldier through a program called "Soldiers' Angels" You can check them out at www.soldiersangels.org Bascially, you get a soldiers name and address and send them a letter once a week and a care package once a month. I am so glad that I can participate in this program. It's special to my heart. My brother is a SSgt in the Marines and my brother-in-law is PFC in the Army. Just thought I'd take the chance to say hello and let you know about this great program!! Take care.
    • Margaret Gilmore
      7/22/2010 2:06 PM
      Thanks Sandy! I send large packages each month to my son for him to share with his unit. The letters are a great idea as well! The Republican Woman's group from my mother's town adopted Shaun on his last two tours, he got over 50 cards from Valentine's Day! He said the other guys were all wondering who all the "girls" were, hehe. He said he waited a few days before he told them most of the women were older than his mom! He got to meet all of them at a luncheon when he came home mid-tour, then he got over 50 hugs and kisses! It is so important to let our service-members know we appreciate them and have not forgotten what they do for us.
      Peggy
  • Margaret Gilmore
    7/22/2010 2:01 PM
    Hi Penny! So, Cody Hall is your son-in-law? Very cool, Shaun said this is their 3rd tour together, he has often talked about "My boy, Hall!" lol!. He told me of Sarah and Luke...I will keep them in my prayers too!

    Shaun has been requesting individual drink mix packets to add flavor to their bottled water. Has Cody mentioned anything that is needed? I am preparing a large package. It will be Shaun's 26th b-day on the 31st, it sucks because there is really nothing I can send as a gift.

    I would love to keep in touch: peggygilmore@charter.net

    Take care and may God watch over all our troops and keep them safe!
    Peggy
  • Cindy Cummings
    7/22/2010 3:24 PM
    Hi to all who have posted. One word of warning regarding mail. Packages take approximately 2 weeks and letters can take a month. Very different from Iraq. I've read and heard this several times. Just wanted to pass that on.

    My email is Bbycindy@comcast.net.

    I haven't heard anything since Sunday. I hate that! Going to call my daughter-in-law tonight and start snooping around.

    Would love to hear from anybody sharing "news". Can't wait to talk to my son and find out who he knows. :-)

    God Bless our soldiers
    Cindy
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      • Margaret Gilmore
        7/30/2010 12:38 PM
        Terry, I will ask my son about Brook next time I chat online with him. She deployed the same day as my son, so I will ask if he knows her and if so, tell him to ask her to get in touch. Is this her first tour? If so, she may not know about the communication options they have.
        Phone calls are expensive and when my son has called it has been from a computer to my phone. He bought a soldier calling card $25 for 10 hours of talk time. There are long lines to make calls and most soldiers are too exhausted to stand in a line when they could be resting. Do you or your husband have instant messaging such as Yahoo or AIM? Sometimes I am lucky and happen to be signed in to Yahoo when Shaun gets on, so I can chat with him. He uses an Army computer in their computer lab area...again, a long line, but worth it. What is Brook's MOS?
        Keeping all of your troops in prayers,

        Peggy
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  • Margaret Gilmore
    7/23/2010 3:38 PM
    Hi Terry, my son has commented to me as well that there is no room, over 20 guys squeezed in to tents meant to hold less. Being mom, I am still sending care packages, same thing with the intent that he hands stuff out to everyone. I know he does not need a 12 pack of chap-stick, one is for him and 11 other guys get one too. I have also send Mechanix brand gloves in the past, the tools get very hot to handle and wrenching it all the time gives them blisters. I but various sizes so he can pass them out to the other mechanics too. I buy medium, large, and XL's. They run $20 or so a pair, but worth it if it can provide some comfort for them. Snacks from home are always great, jerky, hard candy, gum, stuff like that. This is tour three for Shaun (and me), my daddy served thirty years, so our troops are everything to me!

    Take care Terry, I will add your nephew to my prayer list!

    Peggy
  • Cindy Cummings
    7/23/2010 8:20 PM
    How exciting to be finding more Mom's! From what I can tell everybody does something different. Still have not heard from Nick but talked with his wife. Looks like this weekend is the first time he will have a chance to fly his helicopter. I guess that is exciting for him but scares the crap out of me. Food is terrible, living conditions awful but there is a job to do. This is going to be a very long year!!!! Prayers for all. My email is bbycindy@comcast.net and happy to share stories. Perhaps we can exchange emails and copy everybody. Hope to hear from someone soon :-)
    Prayers and love to all of soldiers!
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  • Cindy Cummings
    7/24/2010 12:20 PM
    If anybody Facebooks I did find one page there that has some chatter:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-Marmal/143084565703714?ref=search
  • bobbi
    7/24/2010 5:20 PM
    My friend's hubby requested individual Crystal Light flavor packets and baby wipes, fyi...
  • Johnna
    7/25/2010 11:27 AM
    I am new to this site, my husband just found it this morning. I have to say it has some good information on it. My son left Fort Hood on the 14th of this month and like many others, it is his third deployment also. He is also in the 4th ID. He is aviation. The first thing he requested was socks and more socks. He also requested towels. He told me not to send any food items as they found a rat in their tent. I record programs for him and send those, he has favorites that he has requested and then I record the things I think he will like. These DVD's I know he has shared in the past with his buddies and they all love them. They especially love it when I record the NFL and college games they cannot get over there.
    Anyway, it was great to find other moms that their children are at the same place as mine. If anyone would like to write my email address is: johnnawp@aim.com. Thanks for all your post and I plan on keeping up with this site. As like many others, I will add your children to my prayer list and would appreciate you adding mine to yours. I feel they cannot get enough prayers during their deployments.
  • Melissa Morales
    7/25/2010 8:15 PM
    Nice Pics, its nice to see where my husbands at.. Camp Marmal.. My husband deployed June 8, out of Fort Hood , he was the 1st one to leave from his unit.. FOx COmpany 2-4 Avn REGT.. im not happy with my husband being gone, and the living conditions that he has to be in.. or the food they serve our men and woman, i disagree with a lot, but this is my husbands job and he does it with honor and pride for his country..i stand by my husband 100% i pray for everyones safe return and i pray and i hope for my husband and everyones safety.. may God bless them and be with them at all times
    • Margaret Gilmore
      7/25/2010 11:54 PM
      Amen Melissa and well said. I think many of us stand by our soldier 100%. My son wears his uniform with pride and believes in the job to be done. As he always says to me, "mom, I did not sign up for the Boy Scouts, I signed up for the Army!" Love and honor for our country is what it is all about and we should all be supportive of our service men and women. May god hold them close,
      Peggy
    • Carol
      6/19/2011 7:52 AM
      Family members, please don't say what unit your soldier or airman is in, or where a certain unit is. It is not even a good idea to say where they are. Never talk about what their mission is. The enemy can read this just as easily as I can. Think about Operational Security. If you don't want the enemy to know something, don't say it online. As they said in WWII, loose lips sink ships. You are making your soldier less safe. And mine, too, by the way.
  • terry
    7/30/2010 5:48 PM
    shes and intelegence analyst and yes it her first tour. she joined last august as a E3. do you know anything they really need. should i send her euros.
    • Margaret Gilmore
      7/30/2010 9:26 PM
      Terry, the main request that every one seems to make is flavor packets for the water such as Crystal Light, chap-stick, snacks, cigarettes if they smoke, and a few have asked for sheets and a blanket because the air conditioning in the tents is cold. I found out that cigarettes are banned from certain zip codes...BUT the 09368 zip code is ALLOWED to have cigarettes shipped there. I verified this in person with one very helpful postal clerk. He spent 15 minutes researching the information on a long list of zip codes and banned items per zip code. I saw it with my own eyes too! I was also "reminded" that while we do have to list items on the customs forms, we do not have to be real specific, w can list snacks, without naming if it is beef jerky or candy. I hope this helps!

      Peggy
      • terry
        7/31/2010 9:47 AM
        thank you peggy and margaret for the info. we must keep all the soldiers in our hearts and prayers. until they alll come home. and if i hear anything ill let you know and i know you will do the same keep in touch.
        • Margaret Gilmore
          7/31/2010 12:04 PM
          Hi Terry, Peggy & Margaret are both me...Margaret is my legal name, Peggy id my nickname. So, please call me Peggy! My address is above in an earlier post, so please feel free to email me anytime.

          Blessings~ Peggy
  • SFC Woody Brabham
    8/5/2010 11:58 AM
    My son will be arriving at Camp Marmal shortly and I hope to go see him before I go home this month. I have been at FOB Shank for the last 11 months and I'm glad my son will be in northern Afghanistan. Maybe he'll gain some weight eating that German food. I'll be there in a couple of weeks. Hold me a cot.
  • LauraAnn
    8/6/2010 6:03 PM
    I was chatting with my fiance a little over an hour ago via yahoo and he have me a number to call (actually a series of numbers, tell the operator this, ect.) to be able to talk to him and hear his voice; however, when I try to call it says that it has been temporarily disconnected. I referred back to the message to make sure I copied it down correctly, and I did. I was wondering if anyone would know how to get a phone call through to Camp Marmal or if anyone could help?! I will continue to pray for all of the loved ones that are risking their lives to fight for what we love so dearly, including everyone on here as well. God bless.
  • Cindy
    8/10/2010 11:07 AM
    I received a call the other day explaining why it is a bad idea to put names on these blogs. I've asked how to remove the post I made to have a name removed and received no reply. Anybody have any idea how to remove posts from this blog? Thank you
  • Margaret Gilmore
    8/10/2010 12:20 PM
    No Cindy, I was told something similar. I was told others that are not so friendly look for stuff like this to use for information. Perhaps us emailing one another is best.
    • cindy
      8/10/2010 12:30 PM
      Agreed! Wish I knew how to get it off.
      • Removed blogs
        8/10/2010 4:40 PM
        I contacted this post and they removed my blogs. Just attach a email request to them on "Contact us". They will want to know what blog name, date, time ect. good luck
        • Removed blogs
          8/10/2010 4:44 PM
          I contacted this post and they removed my blogs. Just attach a email request to them on "Contact us". They will want to know what blog name, date, time ect. good luck OH and i copied the web address so they knew which blog it was at! ---> http://armystrongstories.com/blogger/chris-lecron/danke-schon-camp-marmal-afghanistan/#comments
  • Cindy
    8/11/2010 8:28 AM
    Thank you all for suggestions. Hopefully it will work.

    Love and prayers to all in our military
  • Karyn
    8/13/2010 4:43 AM
    I appreciate everyone's family who's serving & for your many sacrifices! If you're looking to "adopt" a soldier & find out answers to what's best to send, even if you have one soldier there already, please come & try "Adopt A US Soldier" - www.adoptaussoldier.org/ They provide daily updates & info on what can be shipped & where - delays - a supportive forum - answers to ???s and many military moms / families are there - adopting other soldiers, as they support their own. Much luv to you all.
  • D. Smith
    8/16/2010 2:07 AM
    can anyone provive me with the mailing address to camp marmal, and maybe a guidline of how to write it. My husband just got there and is supposed to leave within a month so I need to hurry with the package. Thanks
  • Kari
    8/19/2010 11:11 PM
    my fiance left for camp marmal on july 19th out of Ft Hood.. we Skype a couple of times a week, and that has been our saving grace.. so good to be able to see his face and hear his voice, and know that he's ok... the hardest part is when i don't hear from him for 3 or 4 days, then i start to get a little nervous.. i don't know what i'd do if i had to go weeks without any contact, i feel for all of you that have to go through that. he is stubborn though, and won't give me specifics on what to send him, just says "whatever you send me is perfect, babe".. Men! :o) a year is nothing in the great scheme of things, hold your heads up ladies, and know that you are not alone! :o)
  • Hunter
    8/20/2010 7:57 PM
    Hi Kari,
    My husband just left for Marmal. I am not even sure if he will be stationed there for sure or if he will move to another base. This is our first deployment. I was told that my husband needed to give me a DSN number (that could be redundant, but I can't keep up with all the acronyms and what they all mean!) I was told that I could call the base operator from any phone after duty hours and give them the DSN number and his name and base and be connected to him or that he could call my through the operator. Maybe this is what your fiance was talking about. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but when I do I will tell you what if it works for me.
    I was also was given some advice by other wives who have done this before. They said to never doubt that they are safe. They said if I don't receive a phone call or email it could be because it is stormy or cloud or there is a solar flare that messes with the satellite. They said the satellite just goes down sometimes for no reason, and that I shouldn't worry. I know this is easier said then done, but I am going to try!
    I am glad to find so many people who are in the same boat as I am... We may feel alone, but we are alone with one another!
    • Woody Brabham
      9/8/2010 5:40 PM
      I was in Afghanistan and returned to the states last Thursday. I had to leave my son at Camp Marmal but got to visit him for about 10 days before leaving. It's a nice base and is a safer place to be than I was. anywhere North is safer. I was down south. It is controlled by the Germans and has a German DFAC and an American Mess Hall. It also has restaurants that take Euro and american money can be easily exchanged. I you can get to a DSN phone. If you call 318 and the number you can usually get to his phone. But it's recommended that you don't call that number unless there is an emergency. They kind of frown on family calling unless it is a real emergency and then the Red Cross has to get involved. The MWR has many computers and phones that he can only use phone cards on. Usually you have a 30 minute limit to be on the computer or phone. Once everything calms down he will get settled and things will get better. If you have any questions please email me.
  • Hunter
    8/20/2010 8:04 PM
    My husband just deployed to Marmal. Before he left he told me that letters and packages sit at another base... I can't remember the name... until the bag is full. Once the bag is full it is taken to Marmal. It was suggested that if you send letters you should send several in a box with other goodies because the box makes the bag fill up faster. Just a suggestion.
  • Teresa
    8/28/2010 11:44 PM
    my brother just left for Camp Marmal today. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how often they get to call home or even get on the internet. I have been worried that we will only talk 1 time while he is there but i would like to talk to him at least twice a month.
    • Margaret Gilmore
      8/29/2010 1:13 AM
      My son calls his fiance every few days, he has a soldier calling card, so he gets quite a few minutes for $25. He waits to use a computer in the computer area, some times the line is long, other times he gets on pretty quick. We hear from him every few days, but some other families only hear from their loved ones every few weeks. I think a lot of it depends on their duties, if they are on or off post much, and if they are one to stay in touch often. I pray all will be well for your brother and all our troops. God bless them,

      Peggy
      • Kari
        8/29/2010 12:31 PM
        my finace is able to get on the computer almost every day, it just depends on if he has the time, how tired he is (the 9 1/2 hour time difference is a killer!) ... sometimes he is able to chat for an hour, sometimes only 15 mins, but something is better than nothing! i'm sure you will talk to your brother much more than than twice a month :o) much love and best wishes go out to him and you as well... stay strong!
    • Woody Brabham
      9/8/2010 5:53 PM
      He should be able to get to the internet and Telephone as often as he is allowed. The MWR has many phones and computers. Usually a 30 minute time limit. I just left Afghanistan and got to visit my son there for 10 days. The computer is probably the best way to communicate. Facebook is probably a good way to talk. But remember they are about a day ahead of us in the states. Any questions I will be glad to try and answer them. I was in Afghanistan for about 11 months.
  • Karyn
    8/29/2010 10:23 PM
    Being patient is the key! Some soldiers can call home or email more often than others; there's a host of factors that play into this scenario. it's important to remain positive and not be too inquisitive ("why haven't you called ~ so and so calls or emails more often than you") - that's a no-no. Just respect that each soldier, their base & their situation is unique & of they can contact you, they will. Hugs...
  • Teresa
    8/29/2010 11:58 PM
    thanks for the help. it makes me feel better to know i will get to talk to him more than i think. but i also know not to worry if i dont hear from him for a while. he will be on the convoy or something like that. i dont know too much about military stuff. i just know he will be moving alot
  • Karyn
    9/13/2010 7:55 PM
    Woody (and all) ~ I really appreciate how everyone collects valuable information and shares it. I adopted a soldier in Camp Marmal an the info here and on their Facebook was so valuable to me in putting together his first care package. I'm practically a professional @ these care packages (doing ti a long time) but nothing's as good as 1st hand info on their living conditions....my adopted soldier said he was shocked @ what I figured to send him. Made my day! Thanks, Woody....and thanks for your service & many sacrifices for our country and my freedoms.
  • Elizabeth Lohrmann
    10/3/2010 3:23 PM
    Thank you for your blog and pics. My fiance just arrived last week at Camp Marmal; this is his second deployment in Afghanistan, though he was in Iraq in 2004/05. It was great seeing pics and learning more about the base. He was in Bagram last year and had internet and cable...not so many luxuries this time around, as he is in a tent as well!

    Also wondering if anyone has any recommendations for calling cards/plans from US to Afghani cell phones. I've bought online calling cards last deployment, but it doesn't end up being such a great deal after all of the hidden charges. I'm using skype subscription now ($34/mo for 120 min), but was wondering if anyone found anything better since I know I'll blow through those minutes quickly.
  • Deborah Russell
    11/7/2010 12:17 PM
    My daughter, EO3 Marlar should be there now. She is a Seabee with the U.S. Navy. Thank you so much for the pictures and the information. No ATM? Do you know if there is a store to shop for necessities? Thank you.

  • Karyn
    11/9/2010 11:43 AM
    Please thank your daughter for her service (and thank you for the many sacrifices that a military mom makes)! I applaud all of you! It's actually a nice base, place to buy some necessities (but like most places, they run out of supplies), so they need our care packages from home. There's a gym to exercise and the biggest down-spot is the 2 hr wait in line to use the Internet for 15-30 minutes.
  • asad sadad
    1/10/2011 6:16 AM
    Hello To every one stationed in Camp Marmal, definately Camp Marmal is located in very nice province of Afghanistan and i wish a great time for soldiers in Camp Marmal.
    actually I am a local afghan contractor and since long time i have working with US army in different province so i want to extend my business in Camp marmal but unfortuantely i do not have an point of contact of the Contracting office of Camp marmal so kindly request you to share me such information .
    thank you .
  • Julie
    3/18/2011 4:54 PM
    I've sent several boxes to Camp Marmal in the last month and each time the box has been received by my nephew within 6 days. I think that is pretty darn good. I'm sending from Southern California.
  • Eric
    5/2/2011 12:26 AM
    How do I address a package to the base for a friend of mine stationed there ??? And what is good to send ???
    • Aunt Ne Ne
      6/14/2011 6:41 PM
      Send jerky, drink mixes like lemonade, PILLOWS! yoga mats, foam bedroll, nuts, COFFEE, CREAMER, Sugar, Seeds, peanut butter, SALSA, CHIPS, bean dip, Cards, hand video games, Mac and cheese just add water to single kind. Anything that is single serving where they add water is great, Chili con carne. NO PORK ANYTHING! I repete..NO PORK The Items in CAPS was a must, like the chips and salsa for the guys, the dove into that first thing Im told!
  • RA
    5/2/2011 1:02 AM
    Eric
    get their address.
    it will be 4 to 5 lines.
    when you send it, it will be an APO address. do not put their rank.
    it is really hot now, so drink flavor packets (like the crystal ones or kool aid, mostly the ones with electrolytes).
    no wipes.. they get an overload of those.
    starbucks packets are in demand too!
    really, anything you send will be appreciated.
    i send headphones, funny books, etc.
  • RLAMB
    6/2/2011 10:12 AM
    My son just arrived Marmal last week. 82nd airborne. 1st deployment...kind of scarry! Great site!
    • BK
      6/19/2011 8:19 AM
      My son is also with the 82nd and arrived at Camp Marmal that same week. God Bless them!
      • LW
        6/19/2011 2:27 PM
        My son is also with the 82nd. Hope they are watching each other's back.
  • JT
    6/6/2011 12:16 PM
    My son is deploying for Marmal this month. This will be his 4th... It never gets any easier. God bless your sons and daughter, your fathers and mothers, your family and friends who give so much for this country...
    • JT
      6/6/2011 12:33 PM
      Any words of advice that I can share with my son? His first deployment. If its better to communicate via personal email...let me know.
  • LW
    6/7/2011 7:11 PM
    My son just arrived at Camp Marmal last week. 1st deployment. Was glad I came upon this site so that I can see where he is living, eventhough it is so far from home. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you stationed there and your families. Be safe...
  • Linda Davidson
    6/12/2011 3:21 PM
    Thank you very much for having this web site. I feel more connected just seeing these pictures of you and the camp. My son leaves for Camp Marmal, today, June 12, 2011, from Ft. Hood. This is his first deployment.
  • J. Taylor
    6/14/2011 5:54 PM
    Linda it seems our sons are traveling together. This is my son's 4th deployment. It should be his last. Rest assured that your son will be in good hands as these young men and women are dedicated to care for each other and cover each other's backs. As a parent saying goodbye and knowing where they are going is never an easy thing to do... We just have to have faith and pray for their safe return. I thank you for your son's service to this country
  • Aunt NeNe
    6/14/2011 6:35 PM
    My Nephew comes home soon from his year at Marmal. Im sure he will leave the extra pillows and bed rolls behind. They really love it when you get a vacuume bag to take the air out and send foam bedrolls and pillows!! And they fit in the One price boxes from the US Mail. That was his biggest wish when he got there. The cots are not that great. God Bless all
  • RLAMB
    6/19/2011 10:25 PM
    LW
    We should talk...I know alot the young Men that are with the 82nd
    • Donna Gullett
      6/20/2011 5:56 PM
      Son is at Camp Marmal. Deployed May 25th. Are there any current pictures posted of life at the Camp? He hasn't asked for pillows or foam bed rolls. Should I send him those things anyway? What else have the soldiers bee asking for?
  • Cindy
    7/1/2011 1:56 AM
    My daughter just left from Ft. Hood on her 1st deployment to Camp Marmal on the same day.
  • RLAMB
    7/1/2011 9:26 AM
    My son asked for more stiff Q-tips. He likes to cook and asked for spices. He said at the Camp you have most everything but as they go out to "outpost" they don't have much.
  • Dmyford
    7/22/2011 9:43 PM
    Great posts and pictures. My son-in-law just went over at the end of May with Defense Intelligence. I keep all of our men and women and women in my prayers.

    David
  • USAFE-2
    8/1/2011 6:33 PM
    I was deployed to Camp Marmal early 2010 as part of President Obama's troop surge. Was part of the USAF aerial port squadron there downloading all inbound and outbound cargo. Like the MATV's you have in your photo's. I consider myself very lucky to have Camp Marmal as my first deployment overseas. Even though i hated it while i was there, i realized it was probably one of the best times of my life. I would go back in a heartbeat!
  • KM2383
    8/9/2011 10:31 AM
    It is great to see these pictures. My husband deployed to Marmal the first of June on his third deployment. This gives me a little insight to the area he is in. Thank you so much!
  • Robert England
    9/22/2011 11:23 AM
    Dear sir,

    I met a Sgt. from camp Marmal on a flight recently, and I got his address at Camp Marmal, but FedEx is having problems delivering it.....

    Can you give me any advice on getting them contact information for the post off ice or anything?

    Thank you for any advice...
    Rob England
  • rlamb
    9/22/2011 11:50 AM
    His range last name then first
    ? his Company is ie 1-505 pir B Co
    Camp Marmal
    APO AE 09368
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