The long occupation is far from over, after the main missions were abandoned years back with the first drum beats of war pointed at Iraq and almost full support for from this country.
This is the first Thanksgiving since 9/11 that nearly all of Fort Bragg's units are home for the holiday, said Chief Warrant Officer Armour Taylor, the food adviser for the 20th Engineer Brigade.
"It's great to have them back home," Taylor said.
It's the largest group of troops to be home at the same time at Thanksgiving in years.
Taylor said dining hall workers began preparations Sunday, decorating cakes and the hall with Christmas lights, candles, table cloths and ice sculptures. From Tuesday through Thanksgiving Day, Fort Bragg expects to serve 10,000 people with 4,100 pounds of turkey, 3,300 pounds of beef, 1,200 pounds of shrimp, 2,800 pounds of ham, 1,400 pounds of Cornish hen, 2,900 pies, 214 cheese cakes, 444 cans of whipped cream, 414 cans of yams, 216 cans of green beans and 222 cans of corn.
"It's delicious," Sgt. Arland Schnacker said of Wednesday's meal. "It beats being deployed and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)." read more>>>
But those still being sent are seeking to regain at least some of those missions for the Afghan people, there is no movement within the ranks or the veterans of but for the gradual drawdown and hope of accomplishing something. Many Afghans will be helped as will the country, many won't be as that is what destructive wars and occupations cause, hope is all as to the country and it's future. And it's long past due that Our Country step up and Sacrifice for the costs of, especially the wealthy, still being added daily, and more importantly for the results of for those who've served it!