Though their surroundings may look different than grandma’s house, more than 140,000 U.S. service members around the world will dine on familiar fare this Christmas as part of the country’s commitment to support its warfighters.
For the second time in as many months in Iraq and Afghanistan, American service members will sit down to turkey, ham, shrimp, mashed potatoes and vegetables, finished off with a variety of items to tempt a sweet tooth.
Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support ramped up its planning efforts back in the early part of spring to have 244,000 pounds of turkey, 112,000 pounds of beef, 8,600 cans of sweet potatoes, 47,000 cakes and pies, as well as all the trimmings needed for the perfect holiday meal. Complete meals are delivered to more than 200 dining facilities and distribution points.
“We cannot do enough to show our appreciation for our brave men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for the freedoms we Americans enjoy,” said Richard Ellis, acting commander of DLA Troop Support, in Philadelphia. “Providing them with traditional holiday meals is of paramount importance. Since these service members can’t be at home for the holidays, we do our very best to bring a taste of home to them.”
By Nick Sistrun, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support