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78,000 Pounds Of Turkey Feed Troops Overseas On Thanksgiving

Photo credit: U.S. Army

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford serves Thanksgiving dinner to Army Spc. Victor W. Stephans Nov. 28, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

78,000 pounds of turkey. 40,000 pounds of beef. 26,000 pounds of ham. 10,000 pies. That's what it takes to provide a proper Thanksgiving to U.S. troops who are deployed overseas for the holidays.

Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support is responsible for getting Thanksgiving meals to service members in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan - and this year, Liberia and Senegal.

The folks at DLA usually start preparing for Thanksgiving about six months in advance.

As Anthony Amendolia, DLA Troop Support Subsistence customer service branch chief for the Europe and Middle East regions, explained:

“Since they can’t be home for the holidays, our team is dedicated to bringing the holidays to them...

“Whether they’re stationed on a remote base in Afghanistan or a field hospital in West Africa, they’ll be eating a traditional American Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 27.”

The Military Times broke it down in terms what kind of food is going where:


Turkey: 2,000 lbs.

Cranberry sauce: 300 lbs.

Pies: 500 (apple, cherry, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato)


Turkey: 600 pounds

Cranberry sauce: 75 pounds

Pies: 200 (apple, cherry, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato)


Turkey: 48,982 pounds

Beef: 8,750 pounds

Ham: 4,560 pounds

Shrimp: 6,048 pounds

Eggnog: 900 gallons

Pies: 4,000


Turkey: 29,184 pounds

Beef: 31,920 pounds

Ham: 21,660 pounds

Shrimp: 25,650 pounds

Eggnog: 840 gallons

Pies: 6,000


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