Where'd ya hear that? Probably same place I heard it before I left. I'll leave that subject alone. I know I heard a whole lotta crap about this place that was false and a lot of it was from the *cough* left *cough* side of the house (and I usually vote for them btw).
To be honest, the chow hall here is unreal. In fact, one of the biggest problems here is Marines becoming overweight. Everyone lives in air conditioned/heated trailers called "cans" with linen and furniture and 24 hour emergency service available in case something breaks. Hell, they even clean the porta-jon's at work on a daily basis. Shower trailers, flush toilets (at the "cans". Porta jons at work, to be clear), a chow hall that serves Baskin-Robins ice cream. KBR does a pretty good job here, at least where I'm at.
Being stationed here has been an eye opener. It ain't that bad. The internet connectivity is testy, the phones ain't free and you have to buy a TV to have something to watch. The PX is pretty crappy.
But then I remind myself and my Marines ...it's a combat zone. It's also a base that's located just a few miles away from Falujah. All things considered, it's a decent existance here. Don't believe all the hype back home on the news or out of the mouths of nay sayers.