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2012-08-13 01:26:33 PM
That was a terribly written, stupid blog post that was nonetheless interesting. I'd like to end up at Diego Garcia some day
 
2012-08-13 01:45:31 PM
The base gained some attention when it served as the emergency landing strip for the space shuttle Orbiter.

Wut?
 
2012-08-13 01:49:22 PM
I've been to #1.. hah.
Actually, been to a few of those places.. I'd also throw King Salmon Alaska and Galena Alaska on that list.

Thule is..odd. The arctic foxes were cool..the hares were HUGE..rocks everywhere, not much on that whole continent.
 
2012-08-13 01:58:41 PM
List fails without the Lunas Soundstage

/yes it's manned. They have to be ready just in case...
 
2012-08-13 02:01:35 PM
Diego Garcia looks rather nice, if you don't mind getting your feet wet at every high tide.
 
2012-08-13 02:25:18 PM

dudemanbro: The base gained some attention when it served as the emergency landing strip for the space shuttle Orbiter.

Wut?


That was cribbed directly from Wikipedia's Anderson AFB page, except that the Wiki article correctly states:

"The base was one of the few places in the world where the NASA Space Shuttle were permitted to land, serving as an Augmented Emergency Landing Site for the Shuttle orbiter."

The Shuttle is an orbiter, so that's accurate. The blogger apparently assumed that "orbiter" was the name of one of the shuttles, and capitalized and italicized it, which was silly.
 
2012-08-13 02:29:26 PM
Also, how is Kunsan Air Base "remote"? It's only about a 3 hour drive from Seoul.
 
2012-08-13 03:57:11 PM
I lived in Andersen AFB as a kid in the 80's (my Dad was stationed there) and remote was a pretty good word. Still, Guam is gorgeous, great beaches, full of history and beautiful women. I would completely go back.

I cannot say the same for Kunsan. I was stationed there in 1990. While I had one helluva good time, the place was a shiathole, cold, windswept and at the ass end of nowhere. True, Seoul was three hours away, but that is a long three hours with a lot of nothing in between. Or it was, today's mileage may vary.

Indeed, almost of these (with the exception of Afghanistan, because we weren't there when I was in the Air Force) were legendary as places they sent you when you screwed up.
 
2012-08-13 04:24:12 PM
No love for Kwaj?
 
2012-08-13 05:04:01 PM

FloydA: Also, how is Kunsan Air Base "remote"? It's only about a 3 hour drive from Seoul.


Don't you know? Remote is 'away from the continental US' somehow or something. I think a Michael Bay movie told us that.
 
2012-08-13 05:12:35 PM
I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.
 
2012-08-13 05:24:34 PM
#10 Shemya Island.

My father was stationed there back during the late 60's. Pretty much a complete shiat hole by his accounts. The worst of of it came when two of guys at his barracks pretty much flipped out (boredom and isolation) and started chucking glass bottles at each other heads.
 
2012-08-13 05:24:43 PM

weiserfireman: I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.


Sounds like a great place.

I wonder how we got the 2,000 people that lived there to leave that tropical paradise??
 
2012-08-13 05:38:39 PM

weiserfireman: I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.


My buddy wants to go to Diego Garcia, there are supposed to be some very nice surfbreaks there and are pretty much guaranteed to be uncrowded.
 
2012-08-13 05:40:52 PM

mcreadyblue: weiserfireman: I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.

Sounds like a great place.

I wonder how we got the 2,000 people that lived there to leave that tropical paradise??


Apparently, you paid the British to move them.
 
2012-08-13 05:59:26 PM
Been to Guam. Hated it.

List fails without Johnson Atoll as stated in this whack-job time-cube-ish link
 
2012-08-13 06:06:08 PM
Spent a year at Kunsan, and I'd hardly call it "remote". Best. Year. Evar.
 
2012-08-13 06:11:15 PM

mcreadyblue: weiserfireman: I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.

Sounds like a great place.

I wonder how we got the 2,000 people that lived there to leave that tropical paradise??


Tennessee Slim: Spent a year at Kunsan, and I'd hardly call it "remote". Best. Year. Evar.


It is spectacularly beautiful, but only business on the island before the military was a coconut plantation. It was probably pretty easy to pay the people to move to a more densely populated place that had more services, more employment opportunities etc.

It is about 90 miles south of the equator. I think the water in the lagoon was around 90F. There was rumor of a 20' long hammerhead shark that lived in the lagoon.

I did see some 4'-5' sets on the windward side of the island. Didn't try surfing, have no idea what it would be like.
 
mjg
2012-08-13 06:29:19 PM
#1 Thule, Greenland
My uncle worked there during the Cold War - space tracking station. Yup, nothing to do up there.
 
2012-08-13 06:31:45 PM
Am I the only one who got chills reading the wake island one?
 
2012-08-13 06:53:08 PM

kroonermanblack: Am I the only one who got chills reading the wake island one?


No, you weren't the only one. I couldn't even imagine being rounded up for the slaughter. Pretty sobering to realize the atrocities man is capable of.
 
2012-08-13 07:15:32 PM

FloydA: dudemanbro: The base gained some attention when it served as the emergency landing strip for the space shuttle Orbiter.

Wut?

That was cribbed directly from Wikipedia's Anderson AFB page, except that the Wiki article correctly states:

"The base was one of the few places in the world where the NASA Space Shuttle were permitted to land, serving as an Augmented Emergency Landing Site for the Shuttle orbiter."

The Shuttle is an orbiter, so that's accurate. The blogger apparently assumed that "orbiter" was the name of one of the shuttles, and capitalized and italicized it, which was silly.


I came here to post the same reaction, and thank you for taking the time to suss it out.
 
2012-08-13 07:15:39 PM
I want to go to one of them, smoke a cigar, drink a beer, and read a book. Work would still find me.
 
2012-08-13 07:17:38 PM

mjg: #1 Thule, Greenland
My uncle worked there during the Cold War - space tracking station. Yup, nothing to do up there.


Thule, man.
 
2012-08-13 07:23:25 PM
Am I the only one who got chills reading the wake island one?

yes, proving you are a total wanker
 
2012-08-13 07:35:24 PM

mcreadyblue: weiserfireman: I visited Diego Garcia in 1988. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fantastic. Some of the best I have ever been to. Britain owns the island, doesn't allow fishing, scuba diving or collecting coral.

On the windward side of the island was a small bar overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bored drunk sailors would toss snacks to the coconut crabs on the beach below them.

Sounds like a great place.

I wonder how we got the 2,000 people that lived there to leave that tropical paradise??


I'm gonna go with "Guns".
 
2012-08-13 07:48:45 PM
www.morethings.com
 
2012-08-13 08:11:51 PM
I think about half the "facts" in that article are bullshiat. Neat least though.
 
2012-08-13 09:02:47 PM
...Did a year at Kunsan 84-85. Not so much remote as isolated. FUN FACT: For many years, the words "THIS IS WOLFPACK COUNTRY" were painted - in Russian - on the roof of one of the buildings.

/Loved every freaking minute
 
2012-08-13 09:35:19 PM
Here's some fun conspiracy theory stuff:

Area 52

First CIA Director admits existence of UFOs
 
2012-08-13 09:35:58 PM

simusid: Been to Guam. Hated it.

List fails without Johnson Atoll as stated in this whack-job time-cube-ish link


I would normally agree with you, but Johnston hasn't been an active base since the early 90's. Its last mission was the destruction of The United states stock pile of chemical and biological weapons. After that mission, the entire place was dismantled, and the airstrip shut down. the air strip is still there mind you but its shut off to navigation and not maintained. though it could probably still be used as an emergency airstrip.
they tried to sell the place for about $3million back around '98 I think, but there were no takers. Its VERY remote, and half the place is irradiated because of a couple of accidents during the rainbow bomb nuke tests. it gets a couple of wildlife researches every year and it's over seen by whatever department that over sees our outlying territories, but its been abandoned and left to seed.

A fascinating place with a lot of cold war history, but the article is about ACTIVE bases...
 
2012-08-13 09:54:26 PM
FTFA: " One of those is the base at Korengal, which was recently vacated so that the troops could be used elsewhere. Surrounded by mountains, Korengal has become known as "Enemy Central", because of the number of attacks on the base. In its history, the base has lost 40 soldiers, including a gruesome surprise attack on a helicopter that claimed 16 men. Since we weren't making any headway there, General McChrystal moved the troops out of there, and into a village where they could protect civilians.

Ah, the old terrorist method of holding civilians hostage.
 
2012-08-13 10:45:32 PM
Another Kunsan survivor here. Shouldn't be on the list.

I really felt remote when stationed in the Nile delta for a year as an advisor to the Egyptian AF. Of course it wasn't an actual "American Outpost."
 
2012-08-13 10:49:08 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: That was a terribly written, stupid blog post that was nonetheless interesting. I'd like to end up at Diego Garcia some day


I was almost stationed there. Rumor & Myth Control had it that someone stationed there becomes: A: yoked ou(apparently there's a huge gym) B: a great diver/swimmer or C: an alcoholic
 
2012-08-13 11:55:57 PM
As part of our work in Afghanistan, America has a number of secret military outposts, in remote desert areas, to keep an eye on the Taliban. One of those is the base at Korengal, which was recently vacated so that the troops could be used elsewhere. Surrounded by mountains, Korengal has become known as "Enemy Central", because of the number of attacks on the base.
 
2012-08-13 11:58:50 PM
Shemya, Kwaj, Wainwright, Sinop

Been in the four worst hell holes and only one of them made the list? Dude has not been to the ends of the farking earth.
 
2012-08-14 12:08:32 AM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: Am I the only one who got chills reading the wake island one?

yes, proving you are a total wanker


You'll have to explain that.

Because it was 'man escapes death, carves some record of his existance on rock, is recaptured, and executed'. It's a pretty standard tale, I guess.
 
2012-08-14 12:11:09 AM
Maybe it's just me, but does the word 'outpost' directly imply that the site is military? (Since it isn't really said in the article or subby headline.) If not, I'd wager that McMurdo Station on Antarctica is a far more remote American outpost than Area 51, which is a couple hours from Vegas.
 
2012-08-14 03:37:31 AM

reverendsaintjay: No love for Kwaj?


Expected to see it listed myself.
 
2012-08-14 06:42:30 AM
No one thinks of Greenland.
 
2012-08-14 07:43:30 AM

greggm59: [www.morethings.com image 711x464]


Not Sure??
 
2012-08-14 08:48:55 AM
I haven't been to Pine Gap, but spent time working nearby. Poisonous snakes are not really the issue in that part of Australia. The fact that you are generally a long freaking way from from stuff to see and do is. Though at least there is a bit of relief to be had in Alice Springs, which is big enough, thanks to tourism, to have some activities, as well as a decent amount of variety in terms of groceries and such. (By which I mean, if you wanted a red cabbage, you didn't have to place a special order with the grocer to have one delivered from his warehouse three hours away by the Greyhound bus passing through.)

The old Air Force base at Woomera warranted hardship pay because it really was a long freaking way from the closest town of any decent size.

/ once stopped at "The Rocket Lounge" in Woomera for a meal and a rest while on a road trip to Alice
// never been in a bathroom since that offered direct deposit of feminine products into the incinerator
 
2012-08-14 08:52:34 AM

CognaciousThunk: Maybe it's just me, but does the word 'outpost' directly imply that the site is military? (Since it isn't really said in the article or subby headline.) If not, I'd wager that McMurdo Station on Antarctica is a far more remote American outpost than Area 51, which is a couple hours from Vegas.


South Pole Station is even more remote. Plus, at least McMurdo has penguins nearby for amusement.
 
2012-08-14 08:57:42 AM

Lydia_C: at least McMurdo has penguins nearby for amusement.


That might be desperation defined. At least they're cheaper than hookers.
 
2012-08-14 09:17:24 AM

mjg: #1 Thule, Greenland
My uncle worked there during the Cold War - space tracking station. Yup, nothing to do up there.


My dad was up there during the Korean War
 
2012-08-14 10:16:20 AM
Although no longer a base, I have always wanted to see the Midway Atoll. I had second thoughts when one of the highlights listed was: "the Clipper House soft-serve ice cream machine".
 
2012-08-14 01:30:21 PM

Your_Huckleberry: Contrabulous Flabtraption: That was a terribly written, stupid blog post that was nonetheless interesting. I'd like to end up at Diego Garcia some day

I was almost stationed there. Rumor & Myth Control had it that someone stationed there becomes: A: yoked ou(apparently there's a huge gym) B: a great diver/swimmer or C: an alcoholic


Perfect, three things I'm working on now
 
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