U.S. cutting back on hot chow for troops
June 21st, 2013
06:30 AM ET

U.S. cutting back on hot chow for troops

By Barbara Starr

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with the battlefield adage: "An Army moves on its stomach." That, of course, means there's nothing like good chow.

For the thousands of U.S. troops who will fight in Afghanistan for another 17 months, it is not just the quality of the food they have to consider. Now there will be a bit less of it.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan for years have been fed four hot meals a day, including what is fondly known as "mid-rats" or midnight rations.

That is a meal for troops headed back and forth from the field or pulling a midnight shift on base.

Those meals are served in cafeteria-style dining halls - sometimes little more than a tent - where troops can select items from a buffet.

But as the United States winds down its combat operations in Afghanistan, so, too, will it wind down its food operations.

The Defense Department is cutting back to two hot meals a day, most likely just lunch and dinner.

The reason: the Pentagon is trying to scale down the number of contractors needed to cook and serve meals and run dining areas.

Its all about getting ready to pull troops, equipment and everything else that supports the war.

"We will significantly reduce contractor and supply chain requirements," said David Lakin, a spokesman for U.S. Force in Afghanistan, in an e-mail exchange with CNN.

Commanders insist, however, that the troops will not go hungry.

Packaged foods will be available. But breakfast and the midnight meal will now be mainly "meals ready to eat." Those are the bagged rations known as "MRE's."

Large-quantity rations packages, which feed multiple troops at one time, also will be available.

The military believes "most soldiers don't consume the midnight meal and breakfast is also a low attendance event.

Putting the two hot meals together through lunch and dinner also allows for removal of an entire dining facility shift, Lakin said.

This will put troops in the position of eating rations for at least 17 months until the United States ends its combat presence.

Individual commanders will have the flexibility to make some changes in the meal plan. But in the meantime, what are the very top senior military officials eating, especially those from NATO, which does not fall under Pentagon rules?

Well a letter is being drafted to NATO headquarters asking them to go along with the same plan, and that means Gen. Joseph Dunford, the four-star Marine who runs Afghanistan operations, may soon find himself ripping open a ration bag just like everyone else.

soundoff (2,083 Responses)
  1. Mercedes Benz Collision Repair Sprinter Van

    http://chat-off.com/click.php?url=https://sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  2. Wheelchair Van Repair

    https://rettura-festa.net/culdcept3ds/card/detail.php?id=10220&ref=https://www.sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  3. RV Repair Seal Beach

    Great web site you've got here.. Itís hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    http://www.spellgood.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.mobi

    June 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  4. Courier Van Repair Shop

    Excellent write-up. I absolutely love this site. Thanks!

    http://www.historisches-festmahl.de/go.php?url=http://fleetautorepairshop.com

    June 21, 2021 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  5. Sprinter Van Wrap Shop Near Me

    This page certainly has all of the info I wanted about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    http://www.ass-media.de/wbb2/redir.php?url=http://www.fleettruckrepairshop.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  6. RV Plumbing Repair Near Me

    http://chem32.de/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvandtrucks.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  7. Van Alignment Shop Near Me

    https://www.xcelenergy.com/stateselector?stateselected=true&goto=http://sprintervanrepairshop.com

    June 21, 2021 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  8. RV Repair

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this matter here on your internet site.

    http://www.litmn.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.info

    June 21, 2021 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  9. RV Repair Nearby

    http://do-it-anyway.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvmotorsports.us

    June 21, 2021 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  10. rv parks near me

    http://p3i.choiceclothing.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  11. Sprinter Repair Orange County

    Iím impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog thatís both educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I stumbled across this during my hunt for something regarding this.

    http://no-crank.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  12. RV Repair Around Me

    http://www.kansascitymule.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  13. hertz near me

    http://innocentvirgins.net/out.php?https://bestservicenearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  14. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now

    Very good post. I'm facing some of these issues as well..

    http://www.gazzettaweb.net/it/utilities/send_to_friend/?url=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 11:50 am | Reply
  15. sprint store near me

    http://pianogear.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestlocalnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 11:36 am | Reply
  16. suntrust near me

    http://ww.sdam-snimu.ru/redirect.php?url=https://bestshopnearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 10:35 am | Reply
  17. Camper Repair Places Near Me

    http://mailer.revisionalpha.com/includes/php/emailer.track.php?vinculo=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 10:30 am | Reply
  18. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    This page really has all the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    https://prmac.com/external_link.php?release=34382&l=1&url=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 9:29 am | Reply
  19. RV Repair Near My Location

    Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    https://anekanews.net/?direct=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 9:09 am | Reply
  20. Nearby RV Repair

    Hello, I think your web site could possibly be having web browser compatibility problems. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, great website!

    http://lacplesis.delfi.lv/adsAdmin/redir.php?uid=1439888198&cid=c3_26488405&cname=Oli&cimg=http://lacplesis.delfi.lv/adsAdmin/i/preview_610959355.jpeg&u=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 8:59 am | Reply
  21. rv parks near me

    http://contractorfirst.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=nearmyspot.com

    June 21, 2021 at 8:50 am | Reply
  22. papa john's near me

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your site is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

    http://www.goboy.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestservicenearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 7:25 am | Reply
  23. RV Repair Shops Near My Location

    http://www.arcanum.sk/plugins/guestbook/go.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 6:44 am | Reply
  24. florist near me

    http://websetnet.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bjsnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 3:48 am | Reply
  25. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    http://iliketoplay.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 3:29 am | Reply
  26. RV Repairs Nearby

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to come back once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

    http://talesfromthetrenches.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 3:16 am | Reply
  27. metropcs near me

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Kudos!

    http://rinex.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.bestshopnearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 1:58 am | Reply
  28. 15 minute covid test near me

    http://warpcentral.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bulknearme.com

    June 21, 2021 at 1:00 am | Reply
  29. RV Repair Orange County

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having difficulties with your RSS. I donít understand why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    https://client.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 21, 2021 at 12:37 am | Reply
  30. chicken near me

    http://fashion4faeries.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bestlocalnearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 12:29 am | Reply
  31. meijer near me

    https://journalist.kg/redirect.php?url=http://bestlocalnearme.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 12:16 am | Reply
  32. restaurant near me

    https://eservices.dls.moi.gov.cy/translationCatalog.aspx?redPage=https://masternearme.com&lang=”en”

    June 21, 2021 at 12:08 am | Reply
  33. rest area near me

    http://qualitrol.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=nearmyspot.com

    June 20, 2021 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  34. RV Repair San Clemente California

    http://intelligentsearch.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 20, 2021 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  35. RV Repair Garden Grove

    Good post. I will be dealing with a few of these issues as well..

    http://www.pettaxi.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    June 20, 2021 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  36. Nearest RV Repair

    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you ought to write more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people do not talk about such subjects. To the next! Kind regards!!

    http://respekkt.mbnet.fi/ciderbook/go.php?url=https://ocrvcenter.com

    June 20, 2021 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  37. Catarina Serafini

    Hi there! I just want to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent info you have got here on this post. I am coming back to your website for more soon.

    https://paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=juicycalls.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  38. Kasi Siravo

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful article. Thank you for supplying these details.

    https://partnerpage.google.com/url?q=https://kelseyobsession.net

    June 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  39. pharmacepticacom

    chloroquine phosphate side effects https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  40. Despina Sesser

    https://local.google.co.ug/url?q=https://ocrvmotorsports.info

    June 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  41. Lyndia Warshaw

    https://www.ww17.yourname.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://apextaxresolution.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  42. Tom Nettleingham

    http://wapp.baidu.com/mo/q/checkurl?url=https://www.onpurposechiropractic.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  43. Mika Peckham

    I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff you postÖ

    https://images.google.pt/url?q=https://sunglasseseyedoctorsoptometristphoenixaz.com

    June 20, 2021 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  44. Noella Westbrooke

    I'm pretty pleased to discover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every part of it and I have you book marked to see new information in your website.

    http://ams.ceu.edu/optimal/optimal.php?url=https://postfallshealth.com&refresh=1

    June 20, 2021 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  45. Santiago Alegre

    https://www.eridan.websrvcs.com/System/Login.asp?id=48747&Referer=https://fleetautorepairshop.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  46. Delaine Cozort

    http://www.meetme.com/apps/redirect/?url=sandyfeetsprayer.com

    June 20, 2021 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  47. Danyelle Sibrian

    http://bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=www.mastermindformen.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  48. Geoffrey Scucchi

    https://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&url=http://coolcatsupplystore.com

    June 20, 2021 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  49. Gilbert Rockers

    https://clients1.google.com/url?sa=j&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Focrvfleetservices.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    June 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  50. Wade Altmark

    Very good post. I definitely appreciate this website. Keep writing!

    https://google.com.gt/url?q=https://bestlocalnearme.com

    June 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Leave a Reply to Carrolbsd


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.