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Thanksgiving 2010

Be thankful for all the things that Bill, Dusty, and Boq and related commenters have remarked upon in the posts that precede this one.

 And if you're fighting to control your fist.of.death when dealing with the TSA at an airport, or fighting to control your fist.of.death because of asshats making a political statement about government-directed fondling by delaying your travel on the busiest travel weekend of the year...  just be thankful that you don't have to kevlar-up and mount your MRAP to drive to dinner today.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, prepare to convoy to Combat Outpost Dealer to partake in Thanksgiving dinner, Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 22. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)
 

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, prepare to convoy to Combat Outpost Dealer to partake in Thanksgiving dinner, Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 22. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)
 

Now for me, truthfully, the Thanksgiving and one Christmas dinner I had like the one these soldiers below are having are about the most memorable meals I've ever eaten, and that's no disrespect to my mother, sister, or SWWBO, She Who Will Be Obeyed, my wife.  It's just that sometimes, given the lead-up and what you know the follow-through will be, the situation makes the moment stick in your mind in the way that other (happily more mundane in terms of the big picture) Thanksgivings do not.  This will be a muted Thanksgiving for SWWBO and I, as all the parents are gone, Prodigal Son, Daughter-in-Law and Prodigal Grandson are doing T-giving with their other family, so it's just us, the Interior and Exterior Guard, the goats, horses, and all the fowl who are glad *they* aren't Thanksgiving, but that some pig suffered a leg amputation so we could have a nice ham today.  And cherry pie.  And pumpkin pie.  With whipped cream.

It is frickin' cold, however.  I think I'll pull some weapons maintenance in the Arms Room.

Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah in the Khowst province of Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment.  Photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith.
Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah in the Khowst province of Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. President Barack Obama said he will announce his decision on the strategy and troop request for Afghanistan "shortly after Thanksgiving." The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment. Photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith.

10 Comments

I'm stuck in Arizona for pre-deployment training right now... but I'm thankful that nobody will shoot at me today! Not sure if I can say the same for the guys in those pictures.
 
Well, Saker - depending on whether or not you wander in some areas of Arizona... you *could* get shot at today, by Mexicans, if you *wanted* to get a head start on the "wheeet wheeet wheeet THWAP!" noises.
 
I haven't had a Thanksgiving with the family in 6 years and missed 5 of the last 6 Christmases, but that "hardship" is as nothing, nothing compared to what our deployed soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen endure over the Holidays so that we may be safe. May God bless them all and keep them safe.
 
I went hiking in one of those "areas" today, but no gunfire. It was a pretty day in the high desert...
 
I am thankful that I am still reasonably healthy, in spite of my age and all of the dumb dangerous useless crazy things I did when I was young, dumb, etc., and still alive to appreciate what you other guys have been doing. Thanks.  Many Thanks.
 
John, please give those Server Gnomes another hundred licks. My immediately-previous comment seems to have disappeared.
 
Saker, did you see any interesting snakes? Scorpions? Gila Monsters?
 
I see that my snarky comment aimed at Saker, mentioning rattlesnakes, scorpions, and Gila Monsters, has disappeared.  There are bad dangerous critters who aren't humans, you know.
 
Dang, those Server Gnomes are slow-witted! Two hundred licks!
 
One of the soldiers that was in my basc training unit spent yesterday in surgery getting shrapnel removed. His sleeping quarters got hit with IDF on Thanksgiving Day. If you've got a minute, please pray that PFC Gulde makes a speedy recovery.