About a ton of turkey and around 300 pounds of cranberry sauce, along with all the fixings, were sent to troops celebrating Thanksgiving as they support the Ebola mission in Liberia.
“Being away from home during the holidays is tough enough without considering the difficult and dangerous conditions our servicemen and women face. Since they can’t be home for the holidays our employees are dedicated to bringing the holidays to them,” said Bill Addison, a spokesman for Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.
“Contingency operations like our efforts in Iraq, Liberia and Senegal don’t typically give us the usual lead time to ensure we can get holiday meals in place. But we recognized early on that these operations would most likely extend into the holidays and began checking how we could support the holiday meal requirements,” Addison said.
In order to have adequate time, the massive planning and deployment process for the troops’ Thanksgiving dinner generally starts in the spring.