A row of BHUTS used by the Army for housing. These wood structures are coated with a spray on polyurethane foam from top to bottom for water resistance and insulation. Probably built by the Soviets during their occupation. Continued cold this week with highs in the low 40's rain and lows just above freezing. Lunch at the Dragon DEFAC was disrupted by Sec. Gates visit to the base. A long term presence was discussed and it is expected that the US will remain long after the 2014 July drawdown. Fighting in the Helmand province is intense. It seems unlikely that the average American really knows what is really happening over here. Roadside bombings are on the increase and Taliban fighters from Pakistan continue to cross over to attack US and allied troops during spring offensives.