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.
|Whole turkey||87,199 lbs||226,283.00|
|Turkey breast||33,223 lbs||157,144.79|
|Turkey thigh||24,432 lbs||54,972.00|
|Stuffing mix||14,448 lbs||25,345.95|
|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|
|Whole turkey||53,679 lbs||136,482|
|Turkey breast||30,000 lbs||141,900|
|Turkey thigh||16,000 lbs||36,000|
|Stuffing mix||14,700 lbs||33,502|
|Sweet Potatoes||4,500 cans||19,148|
|Vegetables, corn and green beans||69,700 lbs||32,498|
|Cranberry sauce||1,800 cans||8,724|
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 www.dla.mil or www.facebook.com/dla.mil.
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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