World — 21 December 2010
US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will eat Christmas fare just like it's home

US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will eat Christmas fare just like it's home.

More than 140,000 American service men and women around the world will dine on familiar fare this Christmas, as part of the United States’s commitment to support our war-fighters. Their surroundings may look different to grandma’s house, but the dinner will be familiar and comforting.

For the second time in two months in Iraq and Afghanistan, US service members will sit down to enjoy Christmas fare of turkey, ham, shrimp, mashed potatoes and vegetables, all finished off with a variety of snacks and desserts guaranteed to tempt a sweet tooth.

Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach, and that stands true today. Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support beefed up its planning back in early spring to order 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 other trimmings needed for the perfect holiday feast.

And the result of all this effort and expense? Complete meals are delivered to over 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. “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.”

DLA Troop Support has a dedicated team of professionals who are committed every year to ensuring that deployed service members enjoy the very best in holiday foods on Christmas day.

Item Quantities Cost
Whole turkey 87,199 lbs 226,283.00
Turkey breast 33,223 lbs 157,144.79
Turkey thigh 24,432 lbs 54,972.00
Ham 20,176 lbs 54,557.00
Beef 46,755 lbs 294,231.67
Shrimp 29,664 lbs 191,894.40
Stuffing mix 14,448 lbs 25,345.95
Potatoes 17,340 lbs 30,691.80
Sweet Potatoes 4,104 cans 17,154.72
Vegetables, corn and green beans 1,377 cases 27,838.17
Cranberry sauce 2,508 cans 12,155.44
Pies 11,292 ea 57,910.00
Cakes 5,064 ea 60,802.20
Item Quantities Cost
Whole turkey 53,679 lbs 136,482
Turkey breast 30,000 lbs 141,900
Turkey thigh 16,000 lbs 36,000
Ham 30,000 lbs 82,500
Beef 66,000 lbs 360,240
Shrimp 27,000 lbs 205,200
Stuffing mix 14,700 lbs 33,502
Potatoes 16,725 lbs 30,461
Sweet Potatoes 4,500 cans 19,148
Vegetables, corn and green beans 69,700 lbs 32,498
Cranberry sauce 1,800 cans 8,724
Pies 27,000 ea 138,011
Cakes 3,800 ea 62,225

As the Department of Defense’s combat logistics support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 80 percent of the military’s spare parts.

Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 27,000 employees worldwide and supports about 1,900 weapon systems. DLA’s business revenues were nearly $41 billion in Fiscal Year 2010. For more information about DLA, go to or

Meanwhile, Australian defense forces overseas were to be charged $5 for a Christmas can of beer, until the Australian government relented and decided to give them one can of free beer, following widespread public outrage.

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