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During drawdown, Pentagon cuts cooked breakfast for some troops in Afghanistan
The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | By John Solomon

Posted on 01/29/2013 3:26:06 PM PST by yoe

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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Obama spent $186,000 on AF1 flying to campaign today. The U.S. Government probably misspent and wasted close to a billion $$....and "due to the draw down" we can't feed our troops. Remember when Bill Clinton decimated the military rather than try to cut government waste and aid during his second term? Then Iraq happened and Rumsfeld said "You go to war with the army you have"...the press eviscerated both he and President Bush. Obama is doing the same dumb thing when there are many more areas to save money START WITH GOVERNMENT WAST AND GROUND AF1!
1 posted on 01/29/2013 3:26:15 PM PST by yoe
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To: yoe

I could not agree more. Really stop feeding the troops? Hubby and I spent seven years at overseas bases during his AF career and I saw many many civilian employees who were incompetent and lazy and who took 2 hour lunches and 5 day weekends. Please tell me why we aren’t firing these people so we can feed our deployed troops.

2 posted on 01/29/2013 3:30:53 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: yoe

cutting mid-rats? Oh man. I was a night owl.. we were always up for the grub, a nation’s army marches on it’s stomach,, sadly, O has never served in one and Moochelle would make ya eat celery and arugula.

3 posted on 01/29/2013 3:33:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: yoe; Lancey Howard; jazusamo; P-Marlowe; Girlene; smoothsailing; bigheadfred

It is not that unusual to be on deployment in an area where the meal plan is 3 class C meals a day. It is the Army. Complaining about such a standard thing is called whining. This author, John Solomon, might not know that.

He should be writing about the ROEs and not the MREs. Now that is criminal.

A-ration: fresh food prepared on-site (or nearby and transported)

B-ration: a unit-sized packaged/preserved ration, most commonly found in tray rations (nicknamed T-rat) heated by immersion.

Meal, Ready-to-Eat: the standard individual field ration

4 posted on 01/29/2013 3:36:26 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: yoe

I pray that these young warriors remember this when they get back home and the S H T F.

We could use some folks with current military trainin.

5 posted on 01/29/2013 3:37:34 PM PST by Dick Bachert (An ARMED society is a POLITE society!)
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To: yoe

I will probably be banned from FR for stating this, but I’ve had it with this POS and his band of asshats. Bring our troops home and let the ragheads kill each other off; at this point who really cares?

I am amazed that his “laser like focus” is on LGBT issues, destroying our constitution, pumping up eco friendly and mostly useless energy solutions and most recently wanting to get involved in legislating pro football. By the way I must have been asleep when the economy and jobs issues were solved. Damn sure haven’t heard anything about that . . . at least since last Thursday and that was nothing but good news . . . /s.

I hope that everyone of the worthless POS that either voted for this POS or smugly stayed at home on election day to prove a point are able to look at themselves in the mirror. Quite frankly I seriously doubt that they can.

6 posted on 01/29/2013 3:40:44 PM PST by rhubarbk
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To: longfellowsmuse

Cutting out those civilians is a wonderful idea instead of cutting those who are in the military.

“The United States Marine Corps is set to shed more than 20,000 active duty positions in the coming years and have already commenced a process meant to force some senior officers into an early retirement.

The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017, decreasing the total number of Marines to 182,100 from its peak last year of 202,100, according to a major scale-down order that was quietly issued last year.”

7 posted on 01/29/2013 3:46:48 PM PST by huldah1776
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COME ON! A Troop has to have his hot SOS and eggs in the morning! And what Zero spent today was $1.8 to $2 Million just today on his trip to Vegas for a 15 min. speech to get his ego fix from an adoring crowd!

8 posted on 01/29/2013 3:51:25 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: xzins
I think you missed the point, noon and dinner are apparently unchanged whether "A" or "B".
Maybe DOD and CinC think that by cutting rations the troops will self deport. After all
"This has absolutely nothing to do with the national budget and everything to do with our responsible reduction of forces."
9 posted on 01/29/2013 3:51:41 PM PST by norton
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10 posted on 01/29/2013 3:52:54 PM PST by taillightchaser (I'm going to become a criminal so I can keep my guns.)
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Thank you for your excellent reply, I couldn’t agree more.

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11 posted on 01/29/2013 3:56:11 PM PST by rhubarbk
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I didn’t miss anything. If they are having 3 C’s a day, then that is not unusual.

They are getting 2 hots and an MRE. So, that is pretty good. In fact, it’s sounds more like a normal deployment if you ask me.

As I said, whining about MREs is nothing compared to the criminal ROEs that are in place.

12 posted on 01/29/2013 3:58:06 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: yoe

So the management folks cut hot breakfasts for soldiers to keep management incomes high. That trend’s been going on for about three decades, even in civilian circles. Now, there are very few in America who actually produce things that we need.

13 posted on 01/29/2013 3:59:28 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: xzins

Little odd.

Most places I went if we were to have one “C” meal a day it was lunch.

Nothing smells like a Mess Hall - Uh, Dining Facility - Um, sorry DFAC - at breakfast time.

15 posted on 01/29/2013 4:02:53 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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hey, we got illegals to feed, you guys are at the back of the bus with the elderly

16 posted on 01/29/2013 4:04:30 PM PST by GeronL (
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Cooked breakfasts???
This assclown author Solomon is whining on behalf of the guys “in the rear with the gear”.
He is clueless.

/disgusted headshake

17 posted on 01/29/2013 4:06:49 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: yoe

Of course, cooking emits satanic gases that lead to ‘climate change’. We can’t allow those nasty ‘weather extremes’ to happen in the lovely Hindu Kush Mts.

18 posted on 01/29/2013 4:10:54 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Lancey Howard
"in the rear" with something that ryhmes with gears now days. whole new meaning in our brave new world.
19 posted on 01/29/2013 4:11:16 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: yoe

Ah, just send the grunts over to the AFB.
When they have a cut down it is 2 eggs instead of 3 - fresh, of course.

When they start having ‘powdered eggs to order, powdered milk, powdered bug juice’ etc .

I am definitely being (for the most part) facetious and sarcastic, it really is a sad state of affairs when this asshat in the White Hut is spending OUR money on his own personal life, with the hopping on AF1 like it was a VW bug sitting down at the end of the driveway.

It is time to send him to Camp David and let the ‘First Brood’ live out their dictatorship there.

20 posted on 01/29/2013 4:18:33 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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