These rules tell the 30,000 base dwellers what to do in the event of an attack, and are a key aspect of life in the sprawling military facility. New arrivals at the airport, for example, have the correct procedure barked at them, and posters featuring a soldier face-down on the ground, hands covering his ears, are everywhere.
Another big thing in Kandahar, of course, is the American "drawdown" from the country -- President Obama's plan to withdraw U.S. troops by the end of 2014.
The first signs of this transition are already starting to show, according to Abbas, who said that sales in his restaurant have declined over the last three to four months.
-- Written by James Rogers in Kandahar, Afghanistan.Follow @jamesjrogers >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.