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Sometimes washing clothes in the barracks could be a challenge. But Desert Storm presented new challenges because we were in tents, nary a washing machine in site. Plus, with all the dust, clothes got dirty fast.

The military contracted with the Saudi government for someone to clean our clothes. We lugged it over to the supply tent in our olive drab laundry bag and got a receipt for it — kind of like taking out the dry cleaning. Some of the women elected to hand wash their underwear. Not me. I was with the guys on this one. Throw it all in the bag and let someone else do it. The clothes were simply not worth that amount of effort.

Next up will be “Xray! Xray! The military alphabet” so tune in, same military channel, same military time tomorrow.