PHILADELPHIA, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and State Department employees in Iraq will have the provisions necessary to observe Palm Sunday, Passover and Easter, thanks to America's combat logistics support agency.
Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence, and Clothing and Textiles employees began planning for special meals and related religious items as early as October 2011.
The Easter menu includes 46,612 pounds of turkey, 20,475 pounds of Cornish hen, 30,525 pounds of ham, 35,712 pounds of shrimp, 63,200 pounds of lobster and crab as well as an assortment of vegetables, beverages and desserts.
For U.S. service members maintaining a kosher diet, four special meals, ready-to-eat will be available during the eight-day Passover observance.
The kosher-for-Passover menus include bone-in chicken with potatoes, beef vegetable stew, gefilte fish, salmon and the traditional matzo crackers, and desserts.
DLA also provides ceremonial items such as Seder kits, literature, and palm fronds.
Employees at DLA Troop Support have ensured that all deliveries have been made to more than 285 dining facilities and distribution points located throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.
"We are committed to providing these Americans with the items they need to observe their religious beliefs, especially since they are doing so much to protect our own freedoms back home," Navy Rear Adm. David Baucom, DLA Troop Support commander, said.
DLA Troop Support, headquartered in Philadelphia, has a dedicated team of logistics professionals who ensure that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can celebrate many holidays and other important events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even the Super Bowl.
As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 80 percent of the military's spare parts.
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 27,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,178 weapon systems. For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil, www.facebook.com/dla.mil or http://twitter.com/dlamil.
SOURCE Defense Logistics Agency