PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2012 – This holiday season, at more than 200 locations in Afghanistan, service members will dine on a feast reminiscent of home, a Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence senior official said today.
Rich Faso, the supply chain’s director of customer operations, lauds the workforce and industry partners for making the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts possible.
“The personnel at DLA Troop Support and our servicing vendors take great pride in ensuring that our warfighters in distant, austere environments get as close to a traditional holiday meal as possible,” he said.
Deliveries of more than 60,000 pounds of beef, 20,000 pounds of ham, 45,000 pounds of turkey, 28,000 sweet potatoes and 5,800 pies have been made across the country and are ready to be prepared for distribution to overseas-deployed troops.
In 12 years, I was only in the field for one Thanksgiving. And in fact, that was in the cantonment area at Graf, so it wasn’t that bad. Graf was only about 25 miles from our home base. For once, our chain of command did something sensible, and invited family members to Graf, laid on bus transportation, and we had a big old family meal.
For the most part, I was always pretty happy with Army chow. And the Army has a long history of going to great lengths to make sure that Thanksgiving meals are top notch. Heck, even as a kid, Dad would take us out to the mess hall at the Navy base for Thanksgiving.
There’s been a tradition the last couple decades in the Army that for Thanksgiving and Christmas, in the mess hall, the chain of command will appear (in Dress Blue no less!) and serve the troops. That was a nice touch. But inevitably, some units get carried away with a good idea, and want the troops to show up in Blues as well. Uh, if you’re a single soldier, far from home, with a day off and just looking for a good meal, you’re not going to want to go to the hassle of getting a uniform set up and getting dressed. That’s what work days are for.
Casa XBrad will be having a very small meal this year. Only three people, so I’m not doing a whole turkey, just a breast. Some stuffing, a veggie side, and a can of cranberry jelly will be the menu.
I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you have much to give thanks for.