Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving

SPC John Dever of Chicago, IL, with Blackfoot Company 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment has Thanksgiving dinner while standing watch in a guard tower November 26, 2009 in Matakhan, Afghanistan. Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

I was never deployed over Thanksgiving (that one time at Graf doesn’t really count). But since World War II, the Army has gone to great lengths to ensure that those soldiers who are deployed at least have a proper meal.

In fact, all the services do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner in a military mess hall. As a child, Dad would take the whole family to eat at Nimitz Hall on NAS Whidbey. In the Army, the battalion commander and his staff would serve while dinner. The cooks would put in enormous effort and the results really showed.

And I didn’t have to clean up!

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving in Afghanistan”

  1. In my four years, wherever I was stationed, I always had a good Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. And being the good guys that we were (USAF), we let all the Marines and Army types join us in the chow hall. 🙂

    Being away from family was not fun, but I was always among friends.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to all our deployed service members. From someone who’s eaten from those trays (a HMMWV makes a great table, as does a launcher..)

  3. MY father was in food service in the AF and we always went to the base dining hall for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Because of his responsibilities he had to be there, but he was always able to take a bit of time and sit at the table with us. Food was always excellent. Same on the ship for both holidays.

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