CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- It's time for a bit of easy living for the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. At least as easy as it gets at the base camp here.
The battalion, assigned to the 1st Marine Division in Iraq, pulled back into their base camp near Fallujah after more than a week of field operations in the city of Zadan. The break in operations gave the Marines time to recoup and refit.
The unit weathered enemy mortar and rocket attacks and hunted down terrorists all while they worked to improve the Iraqi's living conditions through work projects. With the added effects of sandstorms and weather often peaking at 100 degrees, the Marines were ready for the chance to clean up and relax.
"The thing I was most looking forward to when we got back to camp was a shower," said Lance Cpl. Patrick T. Fulton, 22, an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot from Seattle.
The Marines had only sun-warmed field shower bags to rely on for their cleaning up. At the camp, however, a shower tent equipped with separate stalls and hot water awaited the returning warriors.
Other Marines said bliss would come with putting on clean clothes. Marines claimed their uniforms could stand on their own. Washing clothes in a garbage bag filled with water is one alternative, but many Marines had a set of clean clothes waiting on them when they arrived.
"Washing my clothes out of a bag, that's what I'd have to say I'm not gonna miss," said Pfc. Aaron F. Snell, a machine gunner with Company G from Dover, Vt. "There's something about a clean pair of clothes that makes you feel like a new man."
Care packages were also passed out to Marines upon their return to the camp. Marines grabbed at boxes of candy, magazines, newspapers and hygiene items.
For others still, it was just the chance to take part in a little sinful treat. One item sold is what Cpl. William M. Britt, 20, an assaultman with Company G, looked forward to the most.
"The PX sells these Cuban cigars," said Britt, from Lexington, S.C. "That's what I'm looking forward to the most... a good cigar."