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 (1,324 Responses)
  1. remodel center

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for providing these details.


    May 18, 2021 at 1:43 am | Reply
  2. Lbsofiple

    cheapest cialis canada http://ucialisdas.com/ buy cialis on line

    May 17, 2021 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  3. BbshVelm

    cipla viagra http://loxviagra.com/ what does viagra look like

    May 17, 2021 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  4. Maserati Service Near Me


    May 17, 2021 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  5. Gtnbclups

    viagra vs levitra https://jokviagra.com/ where to buy viagra

    May 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  6. 2019 Maserati Granturismo

    bookmarked!!, I really like your website!


    May 17, 2021 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  7. RV Restoration Orange County

    May I simply say what a comfort to discover an individual who truly knows what they're talking about online. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people have to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular because you definitely have the gift.


    May 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  8. RV Technician Orange County

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn't fail me just as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I actually thought you'd have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.


    May 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  9. Maserati Means

    Good day! I just would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for the excellent information you've got here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon.


    May 17, 2021 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  10. Maserati Dealer Near 60106

    Good article. I will be facing some of these issues as well..


    May 17, 2021 at 11:57 am | Reply
  11. Ford Van Repair

    After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service? Thanks!


    May 17, 2021 at 10:49 am | Reply
  12. 2004 Mercedes Sprinter Engine Block Repair

    It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    May 17, 2021 at 9:53 am | Reply
  13. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Near Me

    http://designmaster.com.br/designmarketing/redir.php?id_cliente=193&campanha=3757&email=andre@cdlcolatina.com.br &link=https://sprintervanrepairshop.com/box-truck-mechanic-shop-near-me/

    May 17, 2021 at 8:02 am | Reply
  14. Dry Van Trailer Repair


    May 17, 2021 at 7:22 am | Reply
  15. Dry Van Trailer Repair


    May 17, 2021 at 6:47 am | Reply
  16. 2006 Sprinter 3500 Repair Near Me


    May 17, 2021 at 6:27 am | Reply
  17. Anooreext

    pfizer viagra sildenafil citrate http://llviagra.com/ viagra patent expiration extension

    May 17, 2021 at 6:26 am | Reply
  18. 2019 Maserati Granturismo Mc

    This is the right webpage for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that's been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!


    May 17, 2021 at 5:28 am | Reply
  19. Authorized Dodge Sprinter Repair

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 17, 2021 at 4:29 am | Reply
  20. Sprinter Heater Valve Repair

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is also really good.


    May 17, 2021 at 4:17 am | Reply
  21. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Body Repair San Diego


    May 17, 2021 at 3:50 am | Reply
  22. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Near Me


    May 17, 2021 at 2:16 am | Reply
  23. Mercedes Sprinter Service Centers

    I could not refrain from commenting. Well written!


    May 17, 2021 at 2:05 am | Reply
  24. Gtnbclups

    viagra online https://jokviagra.com/ kelly hu viagra commercial

    May 17, 2021 at 1:25 am | Reply
  25. Sprinter Fuel Filler Pipe Repair


    May 17, 2021 at 1:09 am | Reply
  26. 2006 Sprinter Transmion Repair


    May 17, 2021 at 12:39 am | Reply
  27. Sprinter Turbocharger Repair

    Great information. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!


    May 16, 2021 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  28. 2006 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Turbo Actuator Repair

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


    May 16, 2021 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  29. Chevy Express Van Repair

    Great information. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon). I've bookmarked it for later!


    May 16, 2021 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  30. Maserati Levante For Sale Near Me

    Very good information. Lucky me I recently found your site by accident (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!


    May 16, 2021 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  31. New Maserati


    May 16, 2021 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  32. Service A Mercedes Sprinter

    Very good article. I absolutely love this site. Keep it up!


    May 16, 2021 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  33. Maserati Atlanta

    I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have you book marked to look at new stuff you post…


    May 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  34. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Near Mee


    May 16, 2021 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  35. trailer repair service near me


    May 16, 2021 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  36. Aika Pran

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


    May 16, 2021 at 10:31 am | Reply
  37. reupholstery services near me

    This web site really has all the information and facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 16, 2021 at 10:18 am | Reply
  38. fiberglass repair near me

    I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your content. This article has really peaked my interest. I will book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.


    May 16, 2021 at 9:59 am | Reply
  39. flowers near me


    May 16, 2021 at 9:39 am | Reply
  40. aika private server files download

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the highest quality blogs online. I am going to recommend this blog!


    May 16, 2021 at 9:27 am | Reply
  41. Internet Marketing Review

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post. Thank you for providing this info.


    May 16, 2021 at 9:25 am | Reply
  42. aika online wiki


    May 16, 2021 at 7:01 am | Reply
  43. Aika Online Private Server

    Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to send this information to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 16, 2021 at 5:29 am | Reply
  44. how to play on private aika server


    May 16, 2021 at 4:30 am | Reply
  45. aika private server english

    This is the perfect webpage for anybody who would like to find out about this topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a topic that's been written about for a long time. Great stuff, just excellent!


    May 16, 2021 at 4:14 am | Reply
  46. Internet Marketing Company

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It's always useful to read articles from other authors and use something from their websites.


    May 16, 2021 at 2:30 am | Reply
  47. Rebffiple

    online cialis no prescription https://rcialisgl.com/ – order cialis brand cialis black

    May 16, 2021 at 2:29 am | Reply
  48. Seo Marketing Orange County


    May 16, 2021 at 1:16 am | Reply
  49. Video Marketing Business


    May 16, 2021 at 12:06 am | Reply
  50. Internet Marketing Services Near Me

    This blog was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Kudos!


    May 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  51. Jebgreext

    cialis canadian pharmacy prescription cost comparison Risperdal

    May 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  52. Aika Mmo


    May 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  53. Lebnreext

    Fertomid canada pharmaceutical online ordering drugs from canada

    May 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  54. Rebffiple

    best online pharmacy for cialis http://rcialisgl.com/ – cheap cialis overnight .99 for cialisis

    May 15, 2021 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  55. oc wheel repair


    May 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  56. BbshVelm

    cheap viagra from india http://loxviagra.com/ female viagra reviews

    May 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  57. avana

    avana india avanafil

    May 15, 2021 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  58. Internet Marketing Mechanics


    May 15, 2021 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  59. Maserati Dealers Chicago

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of the website is also very good.


    May 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  60. Anooreext

    viagra triangle clubs chicago https://llviagra.com/ viagra rektal

    May 15, 2021 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  61. combigan

    combigan generic prices buy brimonidine online

    May 15, 2021 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  62. Wrong Place Right Time Maserati


    May 15, 2021 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  63. Corneal Refractive Therapy


    May 15, 2021 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  64. Fmrfreext

    cialis 20mg usa https://cialisee.com/ – cialis shop online cialis

    May 15, 2021 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  65. home for sale coeur d' alene


    May 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  66. Maserati Ghibli Lease


    May 15, 2021 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  67. Arizonas Vision

    I truly love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my very own site and would like to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Cheers!


    May 15, 2021 at 11:58 am | Reply
  68. blue sky rv insurance reviews

    I blog often and I really thank you for your content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.


    May 15, 2021 at 11:55 am | Reply
  69. Lbsofiple

    toronto buy cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis with dapoxetine

    May 15, 2021 at 10:09 am | Reply
  70. body repair near me

    Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I'll forward this article to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a great read. Thanks for sharing!


    May 15, 2021 at 10:04 am | Reply
  71. Van Nuys Maserati


    May 15, 2021 at 9:36 am | Reply
  72. rv step repair

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes that produce the greatest changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 15, 2021 at 9:14 am | Reply
  73. Arizona Eye Care

    When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service? Kudos!


    May 15, 2021 at 8:55 am | Reply
  74. Arizona's Vision


    May 15, 2021 at 8:53 am | Reply
  75. house for sale bayview


    May 15, 2021 at 6:58 am | Reply
  76. Eye Exam Phoenix


    May 15, 2021 at 4:30 am | Reply
  77. Fmrfreext

    40 mg cialis http://cialisee.com/ – buy cialis overnight delivery buy cialis overnight shipping

    May 15, 2021 at 3:51 am | Reply
  78. Eye Dr Near Me

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…


    May 15, 2021 at 1:35 am | Reply
  79. Eye Appointment Near Me

    I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.


    May 15, 2021 at 12:21 am | Reply
  80. Maserati Of Charlotte


    May 14, 2021 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  81. homes for sale coeur d' alene lake

    Great article. I am going through some of these issues as well..


    May 14, 2021 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  82. Maserati Signs

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be interesting to read through articles from other authors and use a little something from other web sites.


    May 14, 2021 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  83. 1980 Maserati Quattroporte


    May 14, 2021 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  84. Corneal Refractive Therapy

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this website needs much more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the advice!


    May 14, 2021 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  85. Best Optometrist Near Me

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!


    May 14, 2021 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  86. realtor nearby


    May 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  87. anything rv service center

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!


    May 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  88. how to repair rv fiberglass exterior damage


    May 14, 2021 at 11:58 am | Reply
  89. rv ac maintenance

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    May 14, 2021 at 11:39 am | Reply
  90. Jebgreext

    no prescription pharmacies http://pharmacylo.com/ mail order pharmacy no prescription

    May 14, 2021 at 10:46 am | Reply
  91. Sprinter Diesel Repair

    Very good blog post. I definitely appreciate this site. Keep it up!


    May 14, 2021 at 10:43 am | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Leave a Reply to US NAVY DOC


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.