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I was sent some photographs, by a friend who's son is in Iraq at the moment. They show what happens when a sandstorm hits a base. I posted the pictures on The High Road, so I won't waste CombatCarry's bandwidth - you can view them here.

Can you imagine trying to keep your weapons clean and serviceable in that lot??? :eek:
 

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Take a peek folks - if you haven't seen one or been in one - this might just give some idea ... an amazing event and great pics. Thx Peter.
 

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Cool Pics!

Thanks Preacherman!
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"Can you imagine trying to keep your weapons clean and serviceable in that lot???"
Not...to mention your lungs & eyes!
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Wow...wild lookin' pics!! Reminds me of something out of "The Mummy"! I imagine your firearms would need a daily cleaning in that environment...big storm or not.
 

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We used to get walls of sand similar to that here in AZ when a Monsoon would roll thru...not quite that big..but close....it would shut down freeways and airports...then the rains would come behind them and knock down power lines and such...we dont get too many of those anymore....
 

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We used to get walls of sand similar to that here in AZ when a Monsoon would roll thru...not quite that big..but close....it would shut down freeways and airports...then the rains would come behind them and knock down power lines and such...we dont get too many of those anymore....
I was just about to say the same thing. Maybe not quite that dense a cloud, but we still get them coming up from the south sometimes. Coming back from California, the pilot came on and told us he was diverting a bit from the normal route to avoid what was outside the right side. It looked almost that bad. I always have to clean my pool filter when those things come through. :frown:
 

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I'm in communications and we are rotating through a bunch of folks from the 'Stan and the sandbox. They are glad to finally be clean as that sand permeates everything. They are also reporting unique problems servicing the gear because of the sand in everything. The gear is in filtered shelters, but it just doesn't matter. I wouldn't even want to have to maintain mechanical stuff in that environment.

-Scott-
 

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Wicked lookin pics there....yep right outta "The Mummy"....you could probably see what your car looked like "before" the paint job by driving into one of those. I think I'd keep a lot of plastic trash bags on hand. :smile:
 

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In Bahrain 30 years ago we had to very carefully cover all the vehicles parked outdoors during the annual dust/sandstorm season. The particles are so small they will sift in ANYWHERE, but gritty enough to scour a frost on unprotected window/lamp glass overnight.
 

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Wow, those are some crazy pics. Thanks for sharing. So not only do our soldiers have to worry about terrorists, but also this?
 
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