Soldiers serving in Afghanistan preparing to celebrate the U.S. Army’s birthday June 14 can have their cake and eat it too, thanks to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support Subsistence employees.
DLA provided more than 2,100 cakes decorated with the U.S. Army logo in recognition of the Army’s 238th birthday.
Subsistence employees begin working with the prime vendor supporting Afghanistan months in advance of each service’s birthday, according to Anthony Amendolia, Europe and Middle East region chief for customer operations. For the Army’s birthday, the cakes arrived in Afghanistan March 31 and April 6, he said.
According to Amendolia, the prime vendor places orders with a baker located within the continental United States, where the cakes are decorated, packaged and shipped frozen to Afghanistan.
“I think the services look forward to celebrating special occasions,” said Amendolia. “It’s important that they’re able to honor their traditions even while deployed, and I’m proud to help them do that.”
“DLA providing a cake for the Army’s birthday is crucial to the success of the celebration,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Gort, with the Army’s 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). “The presentation and ceremonial cutting of the cake is a symbolic gesture reflecting the Army’s success over the last year.”
During Army Birthday celebrations, it is often tradition for the oldest and the youngest Soldier within a command to ceremoniously cut the service cake together.
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SOURCE: Defense Logistics Agency