So what was Thanksgiving like in Iraq? A little different and a lot the same would be my answer.
We had a patient scheduled this morning. So although we had the day off, I didn't get to sleep in. The kicker was that he didn't even show up.
The rest of the day was similar to a day I would have spent at home. Surfed the Internet, watched some TV, called home and talked to family, and ate a lot of good food.
I had a chance to help serve Thanksgiving lunch.
SSG S our dental NCOIC manned the "bar" (non-alcoholic of course).
The staff did an amazing job with the decorations. These are different melons that they carved.
There were about 15 cakes that had been made.
CPT Taeme, SSG S, and I sitting down for Thanksgiving lunch
The senior dining facility NCOs along with one of their very enthusiastic Soldiers. How many times have you seen a turkey with a gun?
My favorite thing was this 6 foot alligator they had made. The outer body was made from pineapple, the teeth were potatoes, the mouth slices of meat, and the eyes were plums - pretty cool!!!
This posting wouldn't be complete if I didn't thank my wife and family for their support. I am thankful for their love while I am deployed, their support makes things that much easier. I am grateful for all our brave men and women who serve both here and in Afghanistan - particularly those who go "outside the wire" in harms way. It is a privilege to be here supporting them and our great country which we represent.
This table is set for those who have paid the ultimate sacrafice. It sits displayed in our dining facility in rememberance of them.