Skip to comments.USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Canteen Holiday Season Begins! ~ November 29 2002
Posted on 11/29/2002 1:46:54 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Since the Canteen is a "Home Away From Home" for our military lurkers
I think it's time we start creating a Holiday atmosphere.
Let the Holiday Season begin!
You bet mate, just keep stirring that pot!!!
Cold down eh?? Cold here too!
Great night for a sleigh ride.
Do you think I should shop around for a driver??
I have a lulu in mind!!
YOU Want a sneak peak???
Transportation is usually only good for the day, but if we
whine ask Tonkin VERY NICELY, he is usually able to book the same transportation again.
At a small airport terminal in Texas, three strangers awaiting their shuttle flight start conversing about the recent worldly events. The strangers were of varying cultures.
One was Native American.
Another was a cowboy from West Texas.
The other person was a devout Arab Muslim.
During their conversation, they began to discuss their cultural history. The Native American stated "once my people were many, now we are few."
The Muslim then chimed in and arrogantly said, "once my people were few and now we are many.
The cowboy looked at the Muslim, shifted the toothpick in his mouth and said with a sly grin, "that's cause we ain't played Cowboys and Muslims yet."
Funny sign, tom, funny sign.
Soldiers from the 769th Engineer Battalion of the Louisiana National Guard give thanks before eating Thanksgiving dinner at Bagram Air Base. The Guardsmen joined U.S. and coalition service member Thursday for Thanksgiving -- Afghan style. More than 8,000 pounds of turkey and 14,000 pounds of beef were served. Service members also had nonalcoholic beer and wine to go with their meals. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Reeba Critser
Troops in Afghanistan Get Traditional Turkey Dinner
By U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Jimenez Jr.
28th Public Affairs Detachment
BAGRAM, Afghanistan Thousands of U.S. and coalition service members fighting the war on terrorism were treated to a warm Thanksgiving meal Thursday afternoon at Bagram Air Base dining facilities.
The holiday season officially got underway when food service specialists, employed by Brown and Root, gathered to serve the most anticipated meal of the year in Afghanistan.
This is something Ive been looking forward to since I arrived with Brown and Root in support of the military, said Ronald Waters, a food service manager from Killeen, Texas. I know how important this meal is considering I served 21 years in the food service in the military.
Ive been looking forward to this because we have the opportunity to showcase beyond our normal preparation, said Jerry Gross, a food service supervisor also from Killeen.
Their hard work showed when the dining facility transformed into a homey atmosphere, with plastic glasses, fancy napkins on the tables and festive paper streamers on the wall.
Approximately, 2,000 soldiers were treated to the a menu that included glazed ham, turkey, roast beef, corn-bread stuffing, corn, gravy, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, cheese cake, chocolate cake, blueberry pie. and hot fresh rolls.
Im sure they were pleased with this meal, said Derryel Clarke, a food service worker from Orlando, Fla. They have something special on this day being away from home.
Clarke, a retired military veteran, should know.
He was deployed in 1998 in Kuwait as part of a guard force when the holiday arrived. He said he was impressed how the food was presented.
Its an honor to be on the other side of the table, Clarke said. This is a way I can thank all the service members here for protecting our freedom. They are doing good work because America believes in them.
If yours was ONLY HALF as lovely as mine, it was great. Hope it was, anyway....
ALL THE TRIMMINGS A U.S. Marine selects fruits from the holiday spread laid out for Thanksgiving Dinner at the North Dining Facility at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, during Thanksgiving. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alfredo Jimenez Jr.
Coalition Reps in Tampa Show Thanks to Community
By Marine Sgt. Barry Melton
U.S. Central Command Public Affairs
TAMPA, Fla. Representatives from the 43 coalition countries represented at the headquarters for U.S. Central Command here, along with U.S. forces, donated money and food to Tampas Metropolitan Ministries the day before Thanksgiving.
"As we help people in Afghanistan, we realize that there are also people in need here in Tampa," said Belgian Air Force Maj. Jose Gantois, a representative to Operation Enduring Freedom who is currently stationed at MacDill Air Force Base and a member of the Humanitarian Assistance Working Group. "We want to express our gratitude to the local community here in Tampa for their hospitality by helping their needy."
Their contribution totaled more than $1,100 and over 500 pounds of food.
Several of the coalition members traveled downtown, decked in their respective countries' military uniforms, and delivered the donation to the ministries holiday donation tent. They shook hands with local volunteers, shared conversation with Metropolitan Ministries President Morris Himtzman and Executive Vice-President Karleen Kos, and toured the facility.
The initiative comes from Kuwaiti Army Col. Sahed Alshelaimi, the HAWG leader at MacDill. In the recent weeks the HAWG has gathered food and money to give to the less fortunate. The HAWG is the coordinating body of all military humanitarian assistance work done in Afghanistan. The group consists of representatives from all coalition countries, and they coordinate and direct a variety of efforts in Afghanistan; hospital renovation, road and bridge rebuilding, and food and clothing, to name a few. Now people here can benefit from their efforts.
Its a wonderful gift to the people of Tampa Bay, said Kos. Its also a wonderful opportunity for peace and it shows what this world is all about.
(These donations) give lots of people hope.Its overwhelming to think that these representatives, who have people back in their own countries with needs, also care about the people here in Tampa, said Lesa Weikel, a Metropolitan Ministries spokesperson. (Gantois) said that the people of Tampa have been good to them and they simply wanted to give back.
Osama bin Laden Phones President Bush!
Osama bin Laden phoned President George W. Bush. "I had a dream about the United States," he said. "I could see the whole country, and over every building and home was a banner," said bin Laden.
"What was on the banner?" asked President Bush.
"LONG LIVE OSAMA!" answered the terrorist scum.
"I am so glad that you called," said President Bush, "because I too had a dream. In my dream, I saw Afghanistan and it was more beautiful than ever; totally rebuilt, and over every building and home was a big, beautiful banner."
"What did the banner say?" asked Osama.
"I don't know," answered President Bush, "I can't read Hebrew."
Good day to you, sir!
I hope you've been resting well.
Here's a little something to help us get into the holiday spirit...
22nd Area Support Group (ASG) personnel hand over two of the many turkeys ordered for this years Thanksgiving dinner to the 22nd ASG Troop Issue Subsistence Officer. The dinner is held for Soldiers and others on post who will not have the opportunity to be back in the states with their families this year.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Walkmeyer.
With the motto "Support to win!" the 22d Area Support Group focuses on meeting the base operations needs of soldiers, family members and civilians of the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) -- everything from providing deployment, direct combat and combat service support to taking care of housing and child care. Formed Oct. 16, 1985, the 22D ASG is headquartered on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. The ASG consists of two military communities in Vicenza and Livorno and also provides support for U.S. personnel stationed at the NATO headquarters in Verona, Italy. With approximately 10,000 soldiers, family members and civilian employees, the 22D ASG covers an area in northern Italy about the size of Massachusetts. Vicenza (pop. approx. 108,000) lies at the foot of the Dolomites and is a 45-minute drive west of Venice.
* Command and Control assigned and attached units
* Provide base operations to military communities and transiting units
* Provide aviation, military police and aerial delivery support
* Support contingency operations and missions assigned by Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe
That's ok, radu. I'll save your place. I can take a turn as a designated driver, too. (Cause I LOOOOOVE to drive horses, and I don't drink. Perfect, hey?)
Thanks for the link LOL.
So nice to see you, Mr_M. We've missed you. Take good care of yourself and prayers continue for your recovery. ((HUGS))
ditto. Here's one from me, too, Linda...
These movies are funny. Good ones, tom.
Just coffee, please. Lots of fresh, thick cream.
Candles for Ted Maher and his family.
No problem. I can bring my own. YOU just bring the SNOW.
Ok, I'm ready to ride. Giddy yup horsey.
Oh, how I grew to dread this part of the service. One memorable Father's Day, after a touching recital of ball games, fishing trips and other rituals of male bonding, someone shoved a microphone into the hands of my six year old and asked him: "What do you like to do with your Dad." To which he replied: "We have burping contests, like this...
The sermon that day:Raise up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it...
Thanks for these timely words of wisdom, Dubya.
My daughter came home from college and ran up our home phone bill to $600.00. My car insurance bill just came in, and to insure her 1991 Honda with PIP costs more than our 2 other vehicles with comprehensive coverage. She is in the living room watching "Spinal Tap" on full volume. But earlier in the evening we had a discussion about women and the military...