- Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and amid the backdrop of a global supply chain crisis, the Pentagon sent nearly 60,000 pounds of roast turkey to US troops stationed at US military installations around the world.
- Despite supply chain problems, the Pentagon does not expect a delay or disruption to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for soldiers serving on installations and ships around the world.
WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and amid the backdrop of a global supply chain crisis, the Pentagon sent nearly 60,000 pounds of roast turkey to US troops stationed at US military installations around the world.
Last year, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, holiday meals were switched to grab-and-go takeout style instead of large group gatherings at dining facilities. The Pentagon does not expect a delay or disruption to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, despite supply chain problems.
“The holiday meal should look more generic this year, with meals served in-person at multiple locations,” said Army Brigadier, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Commander. General Eric Shirley.
The Defense Logistics Agency, or DLA, coordinates the Pentagon’s vast combat supply chain. In addition, the DLA oversees the delivery of traditional holiday meals to American soldiers. Shirley said logistics for delivering holiday meals begin in March.
In total, DLA distributed more than 390,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving meals, such as ham and sweet potatoes, to service members on ships and establishments in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Korea, Guam and Honduras, as well as other locations.
This year, service members around the world received an estimated:
- 5,706 whole turkeys
- 59,666 pounds of roasted turkey
- 99,187 pounds of beef
- 51,994 pounds ham
- 43,767 lb shrimp
- 38,400 pounds sweet potatoes
- 68,465 lb pie and cake
- 23,461 gallon eggshell
“Thanksgiving is one of the most important meals we work on throughout the year,” said Colonel Larry Dean, director of the subsistence supply chain at DLA Troop Support. “It means a lot to have a taste of home on Thanksgiving when you can’t be there,” he said.