I attended my first ‘big shots’ meeting recently. I say ‘big shots’ because the Commanding General of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan was in attendance (a 3-star general), two 2-stars, seven 1-stars, plus over 20 Colonels and another 20 Lieutenant Colonels. The generator that supplied the meeting room was down for repair. The back-up power source could not support the air conditioner so the windows were open. It was a little warm but the weather was beautiful.
After about 30 minutes, a sewer truck outside the meeting room began pumping sewage to haul off Camp Eggers. The sewage pumping process is not exactly a hermetically sealed evolution. So, what do senior officers do? Press on while the less senior ones shut the windows. We finished the meeting in a smelly, 90+ degree room, 1-1/2 hours later. Just another day in a war zone.