27 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-657

ISAF soldiers at Camp Stone celebrate Thanksgiving

Deployed U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy service members, as well as U.S. civilians and international military members, share an American Thanksgiving meal at Camp Stone near Herat, Afghanistan, Nov. 27. (.Jpg/293kb)

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. service members, contractors, civilians and international military guests celebrated Thanksgiving at Camp Stone in western Afghanistan Nov. 27.

As the dining facility opened its doors, a long line of people had already formed in anticipation of the Thanksgiving meal prepared inside. Upon entering, guests were welcomed by base commanders and leaders carving the turkeys and serving side dishes.

“It’s a military tradition that leadership on Thanksgiving serves their soldiers and service members,” said U.S. Army Captain Bill Davis, from Denver, Colo. “It’s my opportunity to serve them because they work so hard for me everyday.”

Not only did Americans enjoy the feast, but international military guests were invited to attend. For many, it was their first experience of the U.S. holiday.

“I don’t know so much about Thanksgiving, but I really liked the meal a lot,” said Italian Army Lieutenant Alessandro Colactthio, from Florence. “My favourite part of the meal was the turkey; it’s very good.”

The dining facility staff prepared more than 30 turkeys for the day’s feast. The meal came complete with sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, pecan pie and other dishes considered staples at a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

About 1,000 people attended the meal, which is triple the amount the facility normally serves.

More than 500 troops stationed at international bases in the area made the trek to get an all-American “Turkey Day” meal and celebrate and give thanks with other Americans serving in Afghanistan.

“I’m thankful for my family; that’s about all I have,” said U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Ward, from Burns, Oregon. “If I could talk to my family right now I would tell them Happy Thanksgiving, and I love and miss all of them.”

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