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WATCH: Part 2 of Journey to Kuwait
We traveled to the heart of the Middle East; next to Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait is on the northern shores of the Persian Gulf. The gleaming skyscrapers are built on oil wealth, and Kuwait City is home to about 4 million people.
WATCH: Part 3 of Journey to Kuwait
But a short drive outside the city, you'll find herds of camels roaming on mile after mile of open desert. This is where the United States military has three bases - the centerpiece of the Pentagon strategy in the Middle East.
WATCH: Part 4 of Journey to Kuwait
Our exclusive coverage includes an inside look at how the soldiers live in their remote desert outpost.
Most of the 6,000 troops at Camp Arifjan begin their day with physical training to stay in shape, which is a required part of the job.
PHOTOS: Life on base in Kuwait
A typical room on base looks like a college dorm room. It has a bed, a desk, a mini-fridge, and a place to keep clothes. The soldiers told ABC11 they try to make their rooms feel like their own with family pictures and posters.
PHOTOS: The sights of Kuwait
Perhaps the most surprising thing we found in the Kuwaiti desert was the converted storage trailers that house American fast-food options for the soldiers. There's a KFC, a Baskin-Robbins, a Subway, a Starbucks, a Pizza Hut, and a Hardee's. There are even boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts for the soldiers - a real taste of North Carolina.
PHOTOS: A taste of home in Kuwait
"Being over here and deployed, and away from your family and culture, being alone can be tough," explained Sergeant Duane Brown. "But when you get a chance to escape, even for an hour or two, to come to Starbucks, something familiar like Pizza Hut, or just sit down with your buddies...it's just comforting."
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