On January 26, 2013, coalition forces celebrated Australia Day in Southern Afghanistan. Two DynCorp International Dining Facilities (DFACs) provided troops with a traditional, home-cooked Australian meal to help celebrate the holiday.
DFACs Cook Up Authentic Australian Fare
One DFAC already caters to Australian personnel with European-style cuisine, while the other DFAC typically prepares American-style food. For the Australia Day event, the two DFACs teamed up to prepare an Australian meal of T-bone steaks, roasted lamb, Aussie meat pies, and traditional trimmings. The meal culminated with traditional Australian lamington, sponge cake squares covered in chocolate icing, topped with coconut.
The DFAC teams worked together through the night to prepare the meal and decorate for the event. Troops also participated by dressing for the occasion in their own special outfits and accessories, wearing traditional Australian clothing and colors.
Australia Day is Australia’s annual national holiday, observed on January 26 of each year. Similar to the U.S. Independence Day holiday, Australia Day commemorates the arrival of colonists at New South Wales and their declaration of independence from Britain in 1788. The event is celebrated around Australia with concerts, festivals, parades, and ceremonies.
About MWR and the LOGCAP program
DynCorp International’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation team organizes meaningful activities for troops stationed in Afghanistan, as part of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). Under the LOGCAP IV contract, DI provides support to the United States and coalition troops overseas, with a focus on troops stationed in the Middle East.
Nearly 1,200 DI team members work as part of the DFAC food service team under the LOGCAP IV contract. DFAC team members work to contribute a range of culinary experiences and specialized skills in order to bring troops a taste of home while deployed.