DynCorp International (DI) team members working overseas are doing their part to help members of the military who are serving in Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving by serving nearly 30,000 traditional holidays meals.
“We are proud to be able to bring our warfighters a taste of home by providing them with a traditional Thanksgiving meal all the way in Afghanistan,” said James Grazioplene, group vice president, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), DynCorp International. “Our team exemplifies the DI core values and goes above and beyond to make this a special day to show how thankful we are for those serving our country.”
DI’s food service teams working across Afghanistan are planning to serve all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal including:
- More than 11 tons of turkey
- Nearly five tons of boneless ham
- More than 10 tons of an assortment of meats
- Nearly 700 gallons of non-alcoholic eggnog
In addition, food service managers have been preparing Thanksgiving decorations for the U.S. military and civilian personnel to enjoy.
As part of the LOGCAP IV program in Afghanistan, nearly 1,200 DI team members work on the food service team which operates 37 full-service dining facilities. DI serves as one of the three contractors currently providing support to the U.S. and Coalition troops overseas under the LOGCAP IV contract. Among task orders awarded to DynCorp International on LOGCAP IV, the company supports the U.S. Army in Southern Afghanistan. Under this task order, DI is providing existing bases with operations and maintenance support, including facilities management, electrical power, water, sewage and waste management, laundry operations, food services, and transportation motor pool operations, as well as construction services for other sites.
Making Thanksgiving a special day for those who serve has become a priority for DI team members around the world. Last year, DynCorp International’s food service staff provided a full Thanksgiving feast in Afghanistan, serving all the traditional fare from roast turkey to homemade pies and freshly baked breads. Décor also included a Mayflower ship made from a watermelon and cakes decorated with turkey images.
Several DI team members from Falls Church, Va. recently volunteered their time to help the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) fill Thanksgiving baskets to be distributed to military families as part of the Turkeys for Troops program. Hundreds of boxes were packed with cake and bread mixes, canned fruits and vegetables, and even included a gift card for families to purchase a turkey from their local grocery store.