I too was deployed to Iraq. Some Major got bit by the Good Idea Fairy and wrote an Access Database to store all of our flight data. It took him half the deployment to write that. Meanwhile, we were storing all the data in Excel. Once it was ready, he wanted us to import the data to his Access DB. And of course, it wouldn't just import because the table structures were too different. So we were to import all 15k records by hand.
As you know, military PCs are all locked down, but AutoHotKey has a scripting language and does not require admin privileges to run, so I spent a week writing a script that alt-tabbed between the Excel sheet and the Access DB and copied and pasted each cell into each form field until the damn thing was imported. Not a hardware hack, per se, but definitely a hack. Got an ARCOM out of that for saving everyone a shitload of time and their sanity.