web analytics
April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


No More Hot Breakfasts for U.S. Troops Serving in Afghanistan

Troops have been writing home asking families and friends to send them care packages of cereals and other breakfast foods.
U.S. Marine Corps senior leadership, with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 16, serve eggs, sausage and pancakes for a breakfast .

U.S. Marine Corps senior leadership, with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 16, serve eggs, sausage and pancakes for a breakfast .
Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Christopher Johns/Released

As originally reported on the congressional website of Republican Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa (IA-01), the U.S. Army has stopped serving breakfast to American troops serving on 17 bases in Afghanistan.  The measure, which will be extended further beginning this weekend, is one of the earliest stages in the U.S. military pull-out from Afghanistan.

On his website, Braley explained he learned about the military’s cutbacks from Iowa constituents whose family members are serving in Afghanistan.

The congressman sent a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, in which he said,

“I am troubled that the Army would deny any deployed troops three meals per day, regardless of force size,” Braley wrote.  “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the very freedoms we cherish. The exhaustive mental and physical labor that is required by soldiers to fight in harsh and unforgiving conditions is tremendous. We shouldn’t deny our troops something as fundamental as a proper meal.

“I am positive that with the logistical mastery the Army has exhibited in combat operations around the world, you can logistically administer the procedure of serving breakfast every day.”

According to a report in the Washington Times, troops have been writing home asking families and friends to send them care packages of cereals and other breakfast foods.

The U.S. military apparently decided it is sufficient to supply the troops with pre-packaged breakfast “Meals Ready to Eat,” known as MREs.  They are also referred to as “Meals Rejected by Everyone,” and are considered by health experts to be “restricted rations” which should not be served for more than 21 days.  MREs are supposed to be used for troops who are out in the field without access to cooking facilities.

Col. Joe Wawro, an infantry commander for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team said that in anticipation of the “draw down of  operational forces serving in Afghanistan, my staff examined ways to reduce our footprint and se the conditions for the reduction of forces.”  Cutting back on hot breakfast food for the troops, “would reduce their overall operations by 40 percent.”

After meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington on January 7, President Obama said the U.S. intends to withdraw most of the 66,000 troops currently serving in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

8 Responses to “No More Hot Breakfasts for U.S. Troops Serving in Afghanistan”

  1. Alexis Worlock says:

    First we 'withdrew' their ability to stick up for the morality and values in which they believe. Then we 'withdrew' their ability to fight back properly and defend themselves. Now we've withdrawn their breakfasts. Way to support the people who are risking life and limb to protect us!

  2. Alexis Worlock says:

    First we 'withdrew' their ability to stick up for the morality and values in which they believe. Then we 'withdrew' their ability to fight back properly and defend themselves. Now we've withdrawn their breakfasts. Way to support the people who are risking life and limb to protect us!

  3. Shawn Bean says:

    Wtf… shame on them.

  4. While the U.S. has decided "it is sufficient to supply the troops with "pre-packaged breakfast 'Meals Ready to Eat,' known as MREs" – perhaps the same government can supply Obama and Michelle "vacations" that are pre-packaged to save money. Limit them to 50 mile vacation radius from the White House. When we treat our military like serfs, we will lose these patriotic and honorable individuals. Gen. George Washington "was endeared by his troops" because he cared for them in spirit as well as the physical (as best he could). Obama only knows the " brutality of community organizer"… and the way to enjoy the good life on the backs of those he is suppose to serve! The citizens of America are hanging our head in shame.

  5. Christy, well put. :)

  6. Christy, well put. :)

  7. I can't believe that they're not feeding them breakfast any more.

  8. Well said, Christy! We should congress on them as well! And any commander who would support this idea should be removed from their position and discharge from the military! It's one thing to eat MREs when your on the battle field, but to force the military to eat them due to budget cuts is a down right disgrace!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
President Obama
The Gap between Fairness and Safety: WMDs in Iraq and Iran
Latest News Stories

Several Israelis suffered minor injuries in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal that killed approximately 1,500 people, but approximately 250 Israelis are not accounted for, according to the Foreign Ministry. Communications systems have been disabled by the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and is the latest in a series of disasters that have […]

Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Bayit Yehudi settles for three Cabinet posts. Shas to head Religious Affairs with Bayit Yehudi as Deputy.

Traffic to Maaleh Adumim

The road from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim is closed to traffic due to Arab stone-throwing.

The officer of a Hareidi IDF unit was in Mea Shearim to visit two of his soldiers whose families have social or financial problems.

A soldier was stabbed, and a second soldier was nearly stabbed in separate attacks on Shabbat.

Three police have been injured in Jerusalem after a car ran into them. The three were walking on the sidewalk when the car slammed into them. The vehicular attack happened on the “Cohen’s Path” near Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives. One is moderately injured with pelvic injuries, and the other two are lightly […]

The airstrip, 10 miles from the Syrian border, could be used for UAV missions against Syrian rebels. Israel also is in range.

Vying for dominance in the WZO election, are movements within our nation which seek to undermine and subvert Orthodox Judaism.

Shira Klein was seriously injured in the April 15th Jerusalem terror attack that killed Shalom Yochai Sherki.

Arab media said several bases with long-range missiles were attacked on Saturday and last Wednesday.

Israel is the 11th happiest nation among 156 countries in the annual World Happiness Report for a second year. USA ranks 15.

New York’s MTA plans to vote on a change to its rules it hopes would allow it to exclude the “Killing Jews” anti-jihad ad campaign.

Biden gleefully announced two of his three Catholic children married Jews – not thrilling his Jewish audience.

In Jerusalem, the bells from 18 churches in the Old City of Jerusalem rang 100 times on Thursday evening, April 23, to remember the Armenian Genocide.

The IDF has come up with an 81-second video showing 67 years of Israeli land, sea and ground soldiers in action.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden gleefully announced two of his three Catholic children married Jews – not thrilling his Jewish audience.

Former US President Jimmy Carter was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, Jan. 13, 2014.

Israel’s president and prime minister have refused to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

The Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in the Gush Etzion Regional Cemetery was poignant and perfect.

World Zionist Congress elections are underway – you have until April 30 to vote.

Forget about Israel, doesn’t Brandeis care about Iran’s abysmal human rights record?

As Iran may be re-supplying the Houthis, US warships steam towards Yemen.

Netanyahu met with children of parents who lost their lives in service to the State of Israel.

Once again a Palestinian Arab journalist sought money for the PA during a State Dept. press briefing

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/no-more-hot-breakfasts-for-u-s-troops-serving-in-afghanistan/2013/01/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: