KAF has its infamous Poo Pond, an olfactory treat that is enjoyed by all that visit. It is really the icing on the cake of suck that permeates life at KAF. The stench, especially on a sweltering hot, dusty day is probably the worst thing about that place. The single worst thing at COP Mizan has to be the task of burning the poo.
I wrote about the pitfalls of our toilets in Toilets on the FOB, but that mostly described the situation on FOB Apache. COP Mizan is unique from the other FOBs because it doesn’t have any flush toilets or even a standard Porta-John. It has an old-fashioned outhouse and piss tubes. Well, they are really fancy piss tubes. They have been semi-enclosed and connected to porcelain urinals., it gives the illusion of using a regular urinal, but there is not water or flush mechanism and the stench is a bit stronger than in a dirty bathroom in a dirty bar.
The outhouse for the other end of the bathroom business is pretty fancy as outhouses go. It’s a 5-holer with individually divided stalls for privacy. It even has a AC/heater unit installed. I don’t remember it having heat when I was here in December, so it could be a newer addition. Either that or the fact that the outhouse is single-layer plywood and the stalls are enclosed, it doesn’t do a lot of good. Instead of a hole in the ground, there are poo buckets under the holes.
The poo buckets are emptied and burned twice a day. As you can imagine, it is an unpleasant task. The Soldiers assigned poo duty load them in the back of the UTV and haul them out to the burn pit. They are dumped into burn barrels, diesel fuel is added and the burning begins. The contents needs to be stirred occasionally to ensure complete burning.
There are no females that live at COP Mizan full-time, but female Soldiers do visit when their missions take them here. They have a separate, single hole outhouse ready for them.
I won’t talk about the outhouse down on the ANA end of the base, it is really beyond description and pictures of it do not belong online…