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Iraqi Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010 | Lieutenant Colonel Kendall Mower

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!!!

Additional pictures can be seen here.

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.


  • Miranda Maddox
    11/25/2010 3:46 PM
    Sounds like a wonderful day. God Bless you and your fellow soldiers, and a very Happy Thanksgiving :]

    Thanks for sharing.
  • Pfc Bryan Wingo
    11/26/2010 12:35 AM
    my first thanksgiving after my july 2009 to july 2010 deployment to Afghanistan hope all my brothers overseas have a very happy thanksgiving and wish only the best for the familys who wish only for their safe return

    Pfc Bryan Wilson Wingo Fort Lewis Washington
    Americas Corp
  • Viet Ho
    11/27/2010 5:27 AM
    CPT Taeme, MAJ Mower, MAJ Ross how are things? I have been trying to contact you since you got into theater. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving dinner as I see my colleague smiling in the picture. Brought tears to my eyes cause my family back home sent me a ton of emails cause I am so far away from home for Thanksgiving. Best of luck. Will try to message you on secure email. Glad to see you are all doing fine.
  • pfc pratt
    11/30/2010 1:00 PM
    Too bad we all don't have it nice enough to get more than mre's for thanksgiving.
  • abdullah
    12/1/2010 10:32 AM
    the very good to help thier feeling

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