CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan — We’re waiting for a ride to one of the infantry companies that falls under 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. In the meantime, photographer Tom Brown and I watched a heartwarming part of Marine life today: Mail call.
I’ll be honest: From my tent, all I could hear at first was “Meatloaf!” “Meatloaf!” “Meatloaf!” I assumed they were distributing Meals Ready to Eat.
Turns out, the Marines in the back of a 7-ton truck were actually yelling “Kilo!” “Kilo!” “Kilo!” as boxes headed for Kilo Company were pulled off the truck.
As the process started to wind down, I chatted up Lance Cpl. Joseph Attaway, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Support Company, 3/6. Originally from Statesboro, Ga., he serves as 3/6’s mail clerk, and was praised by several other Marines when I asked who was in charge.
Attaway said the truck typically comes about once a week from Camp Leatherneck as part of a convoy with other armored vehicles. The time and day of the week varies, but the Marines “always hop right on it” when the mail truck arrives.
“People always show up for this, if nothing else,” Attaway said.