Well, here I sit on duty again, with a storm threatening outside again, and no new episodes of Lost or BSG on the shared drive to help me pass the time. So, to amuse myself, and to give you, dear readers, a reason to continue reading my blog, I decided to Google the history of this sprawling installation that's been my home for 8 out of the last 18 months and see what I came up with. As one might expect, there's little information available before 2003, when the world cared little about an obscure oasis in the boondocks of a less-than-friendly country. But I gleaned a few scraps of information that pre-date the invasion and tailored them together here. Though these are mostly second-hand sources, I have little reason to doubt their authenticity; so, enjoy!