U.S. army troops deployed abroad will take pleasure in greater than 250,000 kilos of Thanksgiving meals in a “grab-and-go” vogue, because the Division of Protection does away with conventional vacation gatherings in eating halls to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus amongst service members.
As a substitute of the usual giant group gathering in eating amenities, service members stationed within the Center East, Europe, Africa, Korea, Japan, Qatar and Honduras, amongst different places, will take pleasure in their Thanksgiving meals this 12 months as “grab-and-go fashion takeout,” the Pentagon mentioned Tuesday.
The Protection Logistics Company (DLA), which coordinates the annual vacation meal, shipped 9,000 entire turkeys, 51,000 kilos of roasted turkeys, 74,000 kilos of beef, 21,000 kilos of ham, 67,000 kilos of shrimp, 16,000 kilos of candy potatoes, 19,000 kilos of pies and truffles and seven,000 gallons of eggnog.
“The vacations will look fairly totally different this 12 months for everybody,” Military Brig. Gen. Gavin Lawrence, DLA’s Troop Assist commander mentioned in a assertion. “I am proud that our workforce is doing every little thing potential to verify our warfighters get a correct vacation meal, particularly since many people won’t be able to be with our household and buddies. We need to be certain that they get that style of residence irrespective of the place they’re on this planet.”
There have been practically 75,000 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus amongst members of the U.S. army. Greater than 46,000 have recovered; 821 have been hospitalized and 11 have died from it, based on DOD cumulative totals final up to date at 6 a.m. EST Monday.
DLA, which has supplied to discipline kitchens, eating amenities and galleys everywhere in the world for greater than 50 years, mentioned it started coordinating with distributors as early as March to have Thanksgiving shipments arrive to the troops between mid-October and mid-November. The company provides America’s armed forces with $19 billion yearly in meals, uniforms, protecting gear and different very important gadgets.
“Our provide chain takes the vacations very critically,” mentioned Military Col. Eric McCoy, DLA’s Troop Assist subsistence director. “Our troops are distant from residence, they usually positively look ahead to this meal. Disappointing them shouldn’t be an choice.”
Efficient 5 a.m. EST Thursday, the Pentagon upped its well being safety situation to account for the regular enhance in COVID-19 circumstances and constructive take a look at outcomes on the Pentagon Reservation since late August, in addition to a gradual enhance in circumstances within the Nationwide Capital Area since mid-September.
Below Well being Safety Situation Bravo-Plus, at the very least 60% of the workforce ought to work remotely. For these DOD workers reporting in particular person, random entrance screenings will likely be in impact at 5-15% and meals courts will present takeout solely. All guests will proceed to be screened. Fabric face coverings additionally stay necessary, and using mass transit and carpooling to get to work is discouraged.
For his first worldwide journey main the Protection Division, Performing Secretary of Protection Christopher C. Miller is visiting the Center East this week to “meet with service members to precise his gratitude for the selfless service to the Nation by each them and their households and to want them a contented and wholesome Thanksgiving vacation,” based on a press launch.
Miller can be scheduled to fulfill with U.S. commanders and host nation leaders to handle safety pursuits and priorities of countering violent extremism and combating malign actions that threaten the sovereignty and stability of the area.
Final week, a prime Pentagon official, retired Military brigadier normal Anthony Tata, examined constructive for COVID-19 following a gathering with Lithuanian Minister of Protection Raimundas Karoblis. Tata had simply assumed the function of undersecretary of protection for coverage on Nov. 10.