U.S. troops serving in the Middle East will be enjoying a traditional holiday meal this Sunday, thanks to the men and women of the Pentagon’s Defense Logistic Agency Troop Support.
DLA provided more than 200,000 pounds of turkey, ham, shrimp, and other foodstuffs, including more than 6,500 pounds of marshmallows, it said in a press release. In total, DLA Troop Support provided troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, and Kuwait:
. 112,092 pounds of turkey
. 59,430 pounds of beef
. 38,430 pounds of ham
. 29,304 pounds of shrimp
. 690 cases of cookies
. 16,002 assorted cakes and pies
. 6,564 pounds of marshmallows
. 3,743 gallons of juice
. 2,145 gallons of eggnog
“Our warfighters spend a lot of holidays away from their families and miss out on some of their favorite family traditions,” she said. “We take great pride in ensuring a taste of home is delivered to every warfighter,” said Robin Whaley, who leads a DLA Troop Support Subsistence team in Philadelphia.
DLA Troop Support is also sending food to troops at other locations around the world, including those at sea.
In addition to making sure troops are well fed for the holidays, DLA also supplies troops all around the world with uniforms, protective equipment, medicine, medical supplies, repair parts, construction, fuel, and equipment.