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Thanksgiving in the 'stan...

...will, for many troops, "look remarkably the same as any other day." I know Colonel George from my time at Fort Leavenworth.  He commands the 4-4 IBCT of the 10th Mountain 4th Infantry.  Note the joint nature of the "Infantry Brigade Combat Team."
Hello Everyone,

Below is COL George's Thanksgiving Message to Task Force Mountain Warrior that he wanted to share with everyone back home. On behalf of COL George and the rest of our Mountain Warriors, Happy Thanksgiving.

To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of Task Force Mountain Warrior:

Thanksgiving Day in Afghanistan is a day that will look remarkably the same as any other day you've had here on deployment. Despite an incredibly difficult mission and the lengthy separation from your families, you will continue to be committed to a difficult mission and do extraordinary things - through 120 degree heat, freezing temperatures, austere terrain and war itself. I know that millions of Americans are thankful for your commitment to protect them from the enemies of our Nation. Our fellow countrymen enjoy Thanksgiving and all of the other national holidays because of your selfless service and sacrifice.

Even though we are away from the comforts of home, we still have many reasons to be thankful. A patrol through any village here in Afghanistan will remind us of the many things we enjoy as Americans. We can be thankful that our friends and family are able to enjoy the peace, prosperity and freedoms that our service helps to defend. We can be thankful for the world class equipment and support our forces receive - something no other Nation can provide. And, we should be thankful for the incredible team that surrounds and protects each and every one of us. I know that I am personally thankful for what you do for our Mountain Warrior Team and for our Nation each and every day. I know that millions of Americans will bow their heads and pray for the service men and women who defend their freedoms this Thanksgiving Day. Be proud that your voluntary sacrifice continues to support the greatest Nation on earth and the values that we all share as Americans. Happy Thanksgiving Mountain Warriors!

Led By Love of Country!

Col Randy A. George
Compare and contrast to other messages as you will.  H/t, Mike L.


I am thankful for all the men and women who are on duty, standing watch at 0Dark30, at home and abroad.
I am also thankful for these wonderful men and women but I admit. that doing all the normal things here has been a bit of a struggle as I contemplate what it's like for them over there.

Um...4-4 IBCT (MTN) is the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) of the 4th Infantry Division.

The Mountain designation is new...earned during their current tour in the mountains of Konar and Nuristan.

[Counts slowly to 100]

Does *no one* know how to use email anymore?

You mean, we might actually have some mountain troops?  Maybe we could sneak some of those guys into the 10th (we don't do) Mountain Division.
<behind the hand snicker>.
Not blurting things out has never been one of my strong suits...

Actually, due to various machinations and detachments and attachments...TF MOUNTAIN WARRIOR (4-4 IBCT) is less one of their assigned battalions, and has attached to them a battalion, TF CHOSIN, from 3-10 IBCT (MTN).

That battalion will shortly be relieved by a battalion that left that same AO last summer - right after the battle of Wanat.
By way of pennance, may I add MG Scap's Thanksgiving message?

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Coalition,
Civilian, and Afghan partners of CJTF-82 and RC-E:

It is not surprising that before Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday in the United States, it was during times of conflict that our Nation would pause collectively and give thanks for all that we have, personally and as a people. Through the focused lens of war and the sacrifice it demands, much is put in the proper perspective and appreciated.

Though our celebrations will be simple here in Afghanistan, missing the true comforts and traditions of home and the family and friends we long to be near, they will be genuine. Like those at the first Thanksgiving, we will be thankful for the promise of a new day, for the camaraderie of those who sit beside us, for the family and friends who support us from afar, and for the continued freedoms with which we are blessed and strive to defend.

While our commitment to duty and country may preclude us from being with our families this Thanksgiving, take comfort in the knowledge that the work you do every day here in Afghanistan, in concert with our Afghan partners, is making a difference. You are providing for the security of our Nation by helping to build the capacity for peace and security for this nation.

It is truly a privilege to serve with such patriots and to share this Thanksgiving Day with you. I know what I am thankful for this
Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each and every one of you.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.
All the Way!

Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti

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