Members of the U.S. Army Service serve meals to soldiers who attended Thanksgiving lunch at the Fort McCoy restaurant.
Ministry of Defense
WASHINGTON – Before Thanksgiving, the Pentagon sent nearly 51,000 pounds of roast turkey to American troops stationed at U.S. military facilities around the world.
This year, Thanksgiving meals will be switched to take-and-go meals instead of large group gatherings in restaurants to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, a Pentagon statement said.
"The holidays will be very different for everyone this year," Troop Support Commander Army Brig told the Defense Logistics Agency. General Gavin Lawrence. "I'm proud that our workforce is doing everything in their power to ensure that our warfighters get an appropriate holiday meal, especially since many of us will not be able to be with family and friends. We want to make sure that they get that taste at home, no matter where in the world they are, "he added.
In total, the departments' defense logistics agency shipped nearly 300,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving food like ham and sweet potatoes to service members in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Korea, Qatar, and Honduras, as well as other locations.
This year the service members received:
• 9,000 whole turkeys
• 51,000 pounds of roast turkey
• 74,000 pounds of beef
• 21,000 pounds of ham
• 67,000 pounds of shrimp
• 16,000 pounds of sweet potatoes
• 19,000 pounds of cakes and pies
• 7,000 gallons of eggnog