US troops around the globe will get Thanksgiving meal despite supply chain obstacles
(CNN) Almost 60,000 pounds of roasted turkeys, over 38,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and over 68,000 pies and cakes were shipped around the world by the Department of Defense's Logistics Agency to make sure American service members stationed in the US and across the globe will have a Thanksgiving meal.
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support team starts working on coordinating the annual Thanksgiving meal for the troops in March, a release from the Department of Defense said.
This year, the team faced the same global supply chain issues the rest of the world is dealing with because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they still managed to get key Thanksgiving foods to bases around the world.
"We have been working with our vendors well in advance of the holiday to reduce chances that the necessary items won't be available on the big day," Robin Whaley, DLA Troop Support's Subsistence chief of customer operations for the continental United States, said in a statement.
Because of their hard work and planning, an estimated 5,706 whole turkeys, 59,666 pounds of roasted turkeys, 38,400 pounds of sweet potatoes, 68,465 pounds of pies and cakes and 23,461 gallons of eggnog were delivered to bases around the world including in Japan, Korea, Qatar, the Philippines, Guam and Singapore.
"Thanksgiving is one of the most important meals we work on all year," Col. Larry Dean, director of the Subsistence supply chain at DLA Troop Support, said in a statement.
"As a proud member of the Army who has enjoyed these meals when I could not be home with my family.
It means so much to have that taste of home on Thanksgiving when you can't be there."