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!