Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Ensures U.S. Military Enjoys the Best Holiday Fare on Christmas

Dec 20, 2010, 12:48 ET from Defense Logistics Agency

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though their surroundings may look different than grandma's house, more than 140,000 U.S. service members around the world will dine on familiar fare this Christmas later this month, as part of the country's commitment to support our war-fighters. For the second time in as many months in Iraq and Afghanistan, American service members will sit down to turkey, ham, shrimp, mashed potatoes and vegetables, finished off with a variety of items to tempt a sweet tooth.    

Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support ramped up its planning efforts back in the early part of spring to have 244,000 pounds of turkey, 112,000 pounds of beef, 8,600 cans of sweet potatoes, 47,000 cakes and pies as well as all the other trimmings needed for the perfect holiday meal.  Complete meals are delivered to over 200 dining facilities and distribution points.  

"We cannot do enough to show our appreciation for our brave men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for the freedoms we Americans enjoy," said Richard Ellis, acting commander of DLA Troop Support.  "Providing them with traditional holiday meals is of paramount importance.  Since these service members can't be at home for the holidays, we do our very best to bring a taste of home to them."

DLA Troop Support has a dedicated team of professionals who are committed every year to ensuring that deployed service members enjoy the very best in holiday foods on Christmas day.


Iraq






Item

Quantities

Cost  

Whole turkey

87,199 lbs

226,283.00

Turkey breast  

33,223 lbs

157,144.79

Turkey thigh

24,432 lbs

54,972.00

Ham

20,176 lbs

54,557.00

Beef

46,755 lbs

294,231.67

Shrimp

29,664 lbs

191,894.40

Stuffing mix

14,448 lbs

25,345.95

Potatoes

17,340 lbs

30,691.80

Sweet Potatoes

4,104 cans

17,154.72

Vegetables, corn and green beans

1,377 cases  

27,838.17

Cranberry sauce

2,508 cans

12,155.44

Pies

11,292 ea

57,910.00

Cakes

5,064 ea  

60,802.20





Afghanistan  






Item

Quantities

Cost

Whole turkey

53,679 lbs

136,482

Turkey breast  

30,000 lbs

141,900

Turkey thigh

16,000 lbs

36,000

Ham

30,000 lbs

82,500

Beef

66,000 lbs

360,240

Shrimp

27,000 lbs

205,200

Stuffing mix

14,700 lbs

33,502

Potatoes

16,725 lbs

30,461

Sweet Potatoes

4,500 cans

19,148

Vegetables, corn and green beans

69,700 lbs

32,498

Cranberry sauce

1,800 cans

8,724

Pies

27,000 ea  

138,011

Cakes

3,800 ea

62,225




As the Department of Defense's combat logistics 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 about 1,900 weapon systems. DLA's business revenues were nearly $41 billion in Fiscal Year 2010. For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil or www.facebook.com/dla.mil.

SOURCE Defense Logistics Agency



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