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Originally posted by syrinx high priest
anyone have a breaking story on the TP situation over there ?
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
This is quite a story to come out. Troops are apparently being told they can make do on MRE's on base for their breakfasts. It's being done, according to this, in the interests of drawing down forces and logistics, not budget concerns. Personally, when it can be planned out specicially to numbers of bases and dates the meal service is cut off for so many at once? This isn't a mere quirk related to draw down, IMO. It's a slap in the face and insult to the men fighting and dying in a place I'd be happy to see them ALL come home from.
On January 17, Congressman Bruce Braley wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh to express his concern. According to Jeff Giertz, Communications Director for the United States Congressman's office, he was prompted to do so after being contacted by the mother of one of his Iowa constituents who is serving abroad in Afghanistan.
Colonel Joseph Wawro, the commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, said breakfast and the midnight meal are now MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) at the affected bases, while lunch and dinner are still served hot. He also noted most dining facilities have take-away items like cereal, granola, energy bars, milk, juice, fruit, etc. for supplemental snacking.
This is just flat wrong, in my opinion. If hot meal service is available AT ALL in these locations, why specifically cut breakfast and leave the others? Why this one meal to give morale a swift kick? It is extensive though and dated for impact.....
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote Army Secretary John McHugh to express “growing concern” regarding Army actions that have ended service of breakfast to American troops serving at 17 US military outposts in Afghanistan.
Braley has also been informed by the Army that this policy will be expanded to more locations in Afghanistan beginning on February 1st.
Perhaps someone with deployed time over there can help explain and shed some light on any reasonable explanation a person like me or this family member wouldn't understand for this?
Originally posted by 200Plus
reply to post by resoe26
I have a lot of friends that are Viet Nam vets and even a few Korean War vets. They love to tell me how weak today's Army is. How we are spoiled and have things too easy.
They had open access to the civilian markets (as could be found) during those wars. A majority of soldiers in the ME may never even meet an indig.
They were allowed (and even supplied) alcohol during those wars. Off limits GO #1 to us today.
They had "rear areas" in those wars. We have "green zones" but even that isn't safe.
Every war is different and every soldier experiences things differently. I couldn't imagine what they went through and they tell me the same thing about the ME.
As far as skipping a meal I think over half of the military can probably afford it LoL
Originally posted by xedocodex
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Hold on, let me get this straight....a soldiers mommy called to complain about her son not getting "hot" breakfast??? And people are really supporting this coddling???
Ok my chance to once again be warned, I take it from your comment you probably haven't served but your ignorance is ok, that is why myself and many other before and currently have or continue to serve our country, just so you in my opinion can spout your thoughtless ideas.
Having warm meals in a combat enviornment is a great pleasure, that with a little down time away from the battle is one of the few solitary moments a soldier receives, oh wait we have our armed friends that we pay and train shoot us with the very weapons we provide.
I have and will always fight for you to speak your mind, it is our right however stupid or offensive it might be to those of us who bled and many who have died.
Perhaps you should consider that a soldier, our soldiers are doing what they are told.
You seldomly hear about the the G.I who gives his MRE's away or gives his personal belongings a jacket or a sweater to the child who is hungary or cold.
I believe you owe all soldiers and vets an apology for your remarks, remove my post if you wish.
Originally posted by ChrisF231
On a side note exactly how bad are MRE's? How do they compare to say Chef Boyardee or the Boston Market frozen meals?