Landing signal officers direct an approaching aircraft to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during Christmas Day operations in the area of responsibility of the U.S. 5th Fleet.
NCO 3rd Class John Wagner | US Navy
WASHINGTON – Before the holiday season, the Pentagon sent nearly 51,000 pounds of roast turkey and 7,000 gallons of eggnog to American troops stationed at U.S. military facilities around the world.
This year, holiday meals will be switched to take-away rather than large-group gatherings at restaurants to help ease the spread of the coronavirus, the Pentagon said in a statement.
“This year, despite the added complexity that Covid-19 brought before us, the DLA Troop Support Subsistence team went out of their way to ensure our service men and women around the world had a wonderful Christmas dinner,” said Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Commander Army Brig. General Gavin Lawrence.
“It is extremely important to give our men and women in uniform a sense of home during the holidays, especially this extremely difficult year,” he added.
In total, the Pentagon’s defense logistics agency shipped nearly 300,000 pounds of traditional holiday groceries such as ham and sweet potatoes to service members in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, as well as other locations.
This year’s menu includes:
• 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