Monday, January 28, 2013

Pentagon ends hot breakfasts for some of our troops in Afghanistan

Last night on 60 Minutes, President Obama told Steve Kroft that he is "[o]n the path of ending a second war, to do that in a way that honors the enormous sacrifices our troops have made."

That second war is Afghanistan. Some of them have a new sacrifice--no hot breakfasts.

From the Washington Guardian:
The Army has stopped serving cooked breakfasts to some of the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan as part of its drawdown, a move that prompted troops to write home asking their families and friends to send care packages with cereal, breakfast bars and other foods.

The Army told the Washington Guardian the current cutbacks began Jan. 1, and affect about 2,700 soldiers deployed in forward operating bases in more remote areas of Afghanistan.

Officials said the reduction of cooked breakfasts and midnight meals is not related to the U.S. budget crisis, but rather is part of the effort to begin closing down U.S. operations in the affected areas and transition them to Afghan troops. The affected soldiers are being given packaged meals known as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) as substitutes for a cooked breakfast, the officials said.
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