Alright folks! I've lived it for over 17 years. I've heard the comments (some of them quite snide, some of them joking). The Air Force is soft. The Air Force has the cushy facilities.
I'm here to tell you - it's all SILLY. Iwakuni (Marine/Army) had the worst lodging we've stayed in. Camp Zama (Army) best lodging to date - they even serve a free breakfast in the breakfast lounge! I've never seen such treatment at Air Force lodging. ::wink:: And....New Sanno is NAVY and it's GORGEOUS - though not really in the lodging class in my opinion.
This MPX is bigger and nicer than anything we have in Misawa or had at Goodfellow (our last assignment) - and our base population is at least double of that on Iwakuni. After a long day of playing tourist, we stopped in to pick up some shower gel. ::snort::
Escalators - big selection (at least by our measure)
English bookstore - lots of books - good selection
All that to say - really - it just depends on what money the installation has managed to snag...and which repairs they snagged said funding for. LOL The envy is silliness.
And this is another site from the Iwakuni MAB.....which doesn't fit elsewhere....a training site.
Living all of life before the face of God...