Strikers Prep for Thanksgiving in Northeastern Baghdad
Dispatches from the Front:
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq, Nov. 26, 2008 -- Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, will enjoy a feast of fresh turkey with all the fixings this Thanksgiving holiday.
Three months ago, food service technicians and officers began planning for this celebration to ensure that every soldier operating in their area was provided with a traditional Thanksgiving meal Nov. 27 – they have succeeded.
Warrant Officer Darryl Goddard, a food service officer with 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., who has been planning the Thanksgiving dinner at Forward Operating Base War Eagle, is ready for the challenge of feeding the more than 300 soldiers there.
“I am ensuring that soldiers at FOB War Eagle and 4th Inf. Div. are supported with a little taste of home … and I am working diligently to ensure they get the necessary feeling of home here in Iraq while in Iraq,” said the Norfolk, Va., native.
That taste of home includes more than 800 pounds of fresh turkey, which will be prepared and fixed at the larger dining facilities and then pushed out to the smaller combat outposts and joint security stations.
“Every soldier will get a good Thanksgiving dinner based upon patrol schedule,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, a Palmerton, Pa., native, who serves as the senior enlisted leader for the 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “It will be a continuous operation throughout the day.”
But turkey is not the only traditional food being served to the troops this holiday season. Sweet potato pie, apple cobbler and Baskin Robin’s ice cream are just a few other treats to accompany the feast.
“I feel that it is important from a biblical standpoint and a moral standpoint for soldiers on the battlefield be able to be comfortable and enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition that has been going on for centuries,” said Goddard.
(Report by Scott Flenner, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.)
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