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November 28, 2008

Name: Rocinante
Posting date: 11/28/08
Stationed in: Iraq
Hometown: Virginia
Milblog: Rocinante's Burdens

Framed Roci THANKSGIVING Thank you all for your warm wishes on this festive holiday.

On a personal note, I am not enjoying life right now. I won't go into why. I have recently been transferred to Baghdad. Everything is worse than it was and not looking like improvement will be likely soon.

The Army hierarchy went to special trouble to make the Thanksgiving meal special.

They started by closing the main mess hall for breakfast, and half of the backup mess hall. They needed to do this to have enough time to decorate. No breakfast for me.

Then for lunch, it took 50 minutes just to get inside. One of the special arrangements was having each customer stand in front of the turkey to get it carved while they (and everyone behind them) waited. Not the best way to serve a few thousand people. I am sure it briefed well. There were also lots of decorations and a visit by Santa Claus.

I am having to type this at an MWR facility, and the computer has a persistent virus that constantly warns me that it has a virus and needs to download a special program (from a suspicious site) to fix it.


holidays in the military ruin them for life.xmas 68,nam time for 1x through the meal line and we were sent on an ambush. what about the truce i said. thanksgiving 2005, son # 3 in bagram,1 hr on line so a general could serve the "troops" sits down to eat. rockets come in. goes to a bunker and on return his food is gone and he goes to the burger king. he's just back from sadr city.baghdad is no picnic. be careful. bopdun

Very interesting blog. Nice to read the reflections of someone on the ground in Iraq.

Edmonton Alberta

I am so sorry that you didn't get a good holiday. You certainly deserve it.

Stay safe, and thank you for what you are doing. It is greatly appreciated.

My son told me on Thanksgiving last year they had the DFAC guys all dressed up as pilgrims. Now there's a visual I just can't shake. Cracks me up every time I think of it.

Don't be too angry~ hey, they're trying.

I am thankful that you are ruffled by the foolish, it is good to know that the military hasn't perfected its best intentions yet - always room for improvement, and it surely briefed well, you were wearing the reflector belt, weren't you?

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