It’s two days before Christmas and Pfc. Ninotchka TorresSenal is cutting up vegetables and bread in the kitchen of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and putting the pieces into various bins.
About to spend her first Christmas away from home and family and friends, the 26-year-old Army brat from Hampton, Va., said she expects to spend that day chopping and slicing as well.
“It’s just another day,” she said, musing that she hadn’t ever considered what the holidays would be like in the Army, even though her stepfather — a career soldier — had missed at least four Christmases that she can remember.
The cooks, especially, work hard on Christmas. Quite a few times I’ve eaten in the mess hall for Christmas, and every time it has been a spectacular meal. Thanks, guys.