Posted on Oct 11, 2017
SN Vivien Roman-Hampton
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SGM Erik Marquez
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SN Vivien Roman-Hampton So long two part response.
The WORST
Oct 1997 I PCSed to Alaska, left family in SC, went by myself to set up new home.
Thanksgiving meal served in 97 at Fort Wainright was awesome.. The atmosphere, the command climate and presence, and the food,,,all superior. So SSG Marquez decides when his family gets there Dec 24th (yes my wife, two young boys , two dogs flew in to remote Alaska on Christmas eve ) When they get there, we would have Christmas dinner at the DFAC....as it was awesome for the last Holiday.. Leave BEQ on the 25th, pack into my Bronco and roll to the DFAC...and its closed..ok, consolidated into the the other one on post, no problem,.... roll to that one and is almost empty.. no fan fair, no leadership, no big spread..seems in Alaska, no one goes home to the lower 48 for Thanksgiving but EVERYONE goes home for Christmas so no big meal is done... Only thing we can find open in Fairbanks to have diner is...Denney's...WORST Christmas meal ever.

The BEST
Thanksgiving 2007, deployed to Iraq, Im the company 1SG...On one of the daily patrols one of my platoons noticed a local had turkeys ..we bartered and bought 4 of them..
Made pens from HESCO's and we fed them what we could for 6 weeks.... We are in a patrol base we built from a farmers house and field.., the farthermost from a FOB of any US element in country..in a place no US forces have been stationed in many years.
I had three cooks assigned after we got the PB built up enough to have that level or support...the food service Sergeant refused to cook "them nasty birds" at first, but I ummm, convinced him it was a better idea to do as i asked then the consequences....and besides we compromised, we would cook them he just had to serve them...lol
He capitulated, we had "fresh" Turkey for dinner on Thanks Giving 2007 I had more then 225 SM on that company patrol base.. those 4 Turkeys fed..........about 90 people....LOL.. Luckily the DFAC SGT figured that out and had plan B. He fed all of us in style...... but those 4 scrawny birds they were more than just meat.... The boys found them, bought them, took care of them, fed them, and when it was time killed and prepped them for the cooking, then many of them to include the CO at the time, a new member of the team after a COC in country....... Those birds and a dedicated DFAC team made a very memorable Thanksgiving , best ever (away from home)
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Cpl Justin Goolsby
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The worst - veggie omelet MRE. It's literally vomit wrapped in plastic disguised as food.
The best - I think the best was during one of the shop's potluck get togethers. Someone made fresh bacon filled waffles. You could literally smell it down the hall. It made your mouth water. Then someone else brought in a pulled pork plate with a sweet potato sauce and the combination of sweet and spicy was delightful.
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SN Vivien Roman-Hampton
SN Vivien Roman-Hampton
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You had me at bacon!
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SPC(P) Mark Newman
SPC(P) Mark Newman
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What, like bacon in the batter? Or waffles sliced open with bacin stuffed in?
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Cpl Justin Goolsby
Cpl Justin Goolsby
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SPC(P) Mark Newman - Bacon in the batter. It was the best smell ever.
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Sgt Field Radio Operator
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SN Vivien Roman-Hampton One of the best was a steak dinner that I had in Boot Camp. I volunteered to give blood, and was provided with a great steak dinner by Navy personnel who treated me with respect. It was a welcome break from Boot Camp, and for a little while, I was not a Maggot. This was my first experience donating blood, and I have since donated blood over 150 times. As mentioned by SGT Philip Roncari , the C rations that we had in Vietnam were bad except for the fruit cocktail and pecan cake roll.
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LtCol Robert Quinter
LtCol Robert Quinter
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As I remember, the boned turkey C-rat was pretty good. Ham and Limas or the Eggs and something were best used as fodder for water buffalo.
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LtCol Robert Quinter - Sir, the Ham and Lima Beans was definitely the worst C Ration.
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