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Old February 1st, 2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default Obama Admin. Ending Breakfast for Troops Serving in Afghanista

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Nutritional experts have long lauded breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but reports that 17 military bases stopped serving hot breakfast have one congressman up in arms.

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.

"I am troubled that the Army would deny any deployed troops three meals per day, regardless of force size," Braley wrote in the release.

“These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the very freedoms we cherish. The exhaustive mental and physical labor that is required by soldiers to fight in harsh and unforgiving conditions is tremendous. We shouldn’t deny our troops something as fundamental as a proper meal."

As of publication time, Braley had not heard back from the Army Secretary.

While Braley and the mother were concerned that the troops weren't getting adequate nutrition, Army officials note that is simply not the case.

In a statement released by the Department of Defense, Jim Garamone of the American Forces Press Service said the reports surfaced "from a few forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province that are closing or being turned over to Afghan security forces."

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 has absolutely nothing to do with the national budget and everything to do with our responsible reduction of forces," Wawro said.

Wawro said the initial complaint may have been raised by a recently arrived unit that was unaware of the recent meal changes.

Giertz, however, noted that Braley wrote the letter out of concern for the troops’ morale.

"The least we can offer is to get them a good meal," Giertz said.

Registered dietitian and Captain Christina Deehl said while MREs are not very popular among the troops, they do yield all the nutrients a soldier needs to meet one-third of his or her Military Recommended Daily Allowance (MRDA).

"When we initially entered Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers were eating MREs every day until we were logistically established. Once again when we draw down and pull out, we will see a similar trend," Deehl said.

Deehl explained that army dietitians regard food as a tactical weapon, as it maintains mental and physical performance.

"We would never deprive the soldier of adequate nutrition and that's just all there is to it," she said.

What’s in an MRE?

According to the United States Armed Forces, a MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13 percent protein, 36 percent fat, and 51 percent carbohydrates) and one-third of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. It includes the following items:

Entree – the main course, such as spaghetti or beef stew
Side dish – rice, corn, fruit, or mashed potatoes, etc.
Cracker or bread
Spread – peanut butter, jelly, or cheese spread
Dessert – cookies or pound cakes
Candy – M&Ms, Skittles, or Tootsie Rolls
Beverages – Gatorade-like mixes, cocoa, dairy shakes, coffee, tea
Hot sauce or seasoning – in some MREs
Flameless Ration Heater – to heat the entree
Accessories – spoon, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum, toilet paper, etc.


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Old February 1st, 2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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This is not that unusual. When they shut down/turn over those bases they have to start cutting things.

That said, breakfast is probably the best meal to eat in any chow hall.

When I was in Saudi in 95 we were closing the base. Had MRE's every day for lunch (living quarters were elsewhere, ate breakfast and dinner there).
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Old February 1st, 2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Breakfast is hands down the best meal you eat while deployed.

This shit pisses me off something fierce.

If anyone has any boys or girls over there right now please PM me their complete address so I can send them some good stuff.
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Do you really suppose that Obama is involved in making decisions about what a specific group of solders are being served for breakfast?
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Do you really suppose that Obama is involved in making decisions about what a specific group of solders are being served for breakfast?
Was going to bring up this point, but decided not to bother.
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Some MRES are actually good lol
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Some MRES are actually good lol
Eat them for close to a year and your mind will change. They were good when eating them was an option and you havent already ate them that day.
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MRE's have the BEST hot choclate mixes Ive ever had. I did enjoy the dried food fast and easy to eat and then drink some water and slowly feel full.Hahaha
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When i was over there in 03 all we had were mre's and t- rats. ( which in my opinion are worse than mre's. Sometimes we would only get 2 mre's. I dont recall anybody blaming the bush administration for that. Its just part of serving. Sometimes it sucks, and you deal with it. My mommy never complained for me. Hahaha
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And there is nothing good in an mre. I cant even eat skittles anymore.
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Eat them for close to a year and your mind will change. They were good when eating them was an option and you havent already ate them that day.
Forsure. I could deffinitly see how they would get old quick.
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And there is nothing good in an mre. I cant even eat skittles anymore.
Come on......the cheese spread is awesome on the cardboard like crackers! Trade for another cheese and eat them both before going out into the field and you don't have to worry about shitting for at least three days.
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We have a lot of veterans on this board. Thank u guys for the job you did. Mres and all. Ha ha
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When I was in the field I almost always preferred MREs over the hot food they served. I was never in the field anywhere with an actual chow hall though, the only hot food we had is what they would truck in from 100 miles away once or twice a week. And it was always guaranteed to be absolutely awful.
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When I was in the field I almost always preferred MREs over the hot food they served. I was never in the field anywhere with an actual chow hall though, the only hot food we had is what they would truck in from 100 miles away once or twice a week. And it was always guaranteed to be absolutely awful.
X2. What did you think was worse, the scrambled eggs that were green for some fucking reason or the ones that were severely undercooked?
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X2. What did you think was worse, the scrambled eggs that were green for some fucking reason or the ones that were severely undercooked?
He! The awful eggs are exactly what comes to mind whenever I think of a shitty meal out in the field. No amount of tabasco sauce could ever make them palatable.
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He! The awful eggs are exactly what comes to mind whenever I think of a shitty meal out in the field. No amount of tabasco sauce could ever make them palatable.
I always tried making a sammich between 2 pieces of bread. It never worked, always was soggy
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