• LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, helps serve the traditional Thanksgiving meal to Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam Nov. 28, 2013. Salinas spent his Thanksgiving at five separate FOBs serving food and talking with Soldiers from Task Force Patriot across Regional Command-East. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, helps serve the traditional Thanksgiving meal to Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam Nov. 28...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville (left), commander, 101st Airborne Division, gives a few junior Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Fenty the opportunity to recognize other members in their units for their accomplishments with the division's coin for Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 2013. Pictured, a Soldier (left) presents his squad leader (middle) with a 101st coin in appreciation for his help and mentorship to show him his had work and dedication has not gone unnoticed. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville (left), commander, 101st Airborne Division, gives a few junior Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Fenty the opportunity to recognize other members in their units for their...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, spends a few minutes on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, telling the Soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base Fenty that one of the things he's thankful for is the hard work they've dedicated themselves to on their deployment. Diaz spent the day touring Regional Command-East, visiting Soldiers in his brigade to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and letting them know how much they are appreciated. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, spends a few minutes on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, telling the Soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base Fenty that one of the...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Leaders at Forward Operating Base Torkham dawn the aprons and hats of food servers to spend Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, providing their troops they command with their traditional Thanksgiving meal. Commanders traditionally serve the Soldiers on Thanksgiving, a symbolic gesture of how they are thankful for them. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Leaders at Forward Operating Base Torkham dawn the aprons and hats of food servers to spend Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, providing their troops they command with their traditional Thanksgiving meal...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville (left), commander, 101st Airborne Division, presents his division's coin on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, to Lt. Col. Alan Boyer (right), commander, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, in appreciation for his hard work across a career full of deployments. McConville spent his holiday travelling Regional Command-East wishing Soldiers a Happy Thanksgiving and awarding coins to many whose dedicated service has carried them through multiple combat tours with the Army. 2nd Battalion is part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville (left), commander, 101st Airborne Division, presents his division's coin on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013, to Lt. Col. Alan Boyer (right), commander, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A cake decorating the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Torkham Nov. 28, 2013, says it all for the troops stationed there. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A cake decorating the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Torkham Nov. 28, 2013, says it all for the troops stationed there. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, passes a plate loaded with classic Thanksgiving dishes to a Soldier stationed at Forward Operating Base Torkham at the base's dining facility on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013. Diaz travelled across his brigade's area of operations serving Thanksgiving meals to Soldiers at three separate FOBs in keeping with the Army tradition of the commanders spending the holiday serving their troops. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, passes a plate loaded with classic Thanksgiving dishes to a Soldier stationed at Forward Operating Base Torkham at the base's...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan at Forward Operating Base Torkham celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, by enjoying a hearty meal and the company of friends. Even in a combat zone, time is set aside to recognize the holidays and embrace the enduring traditions that helped lay the groundwork for our entire way of life. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan at Forward Operating Base Torkham celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, by enjoying a hearty meal and the company of friends. Even in a combat zone, time is set aside to...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Torkham take time to enjoy their Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 2013, by enjoying each others company along with the meal served to them by their commanders, as per Army Tradition. For many, the holiday serves not just as a time to celebrate but also to reflect on what they're thankful for and what they're fighting for. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Torkham take time to enjoy their Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 2013, by enjoying each others company along with the meal served to them by their commanders, as per Army Tradition. For...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith (left), senior enlisted leader, 101st Airborne Division, greets Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas (right), senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, at Forward Operating Base Fenty Nov. 28, 2013, as both of them travel across Regional Command-East, wishing the Soldiers a Happy Thanksgiving. Both men spent the holiday showing their Soldiers that, on this day of reflection, their troops are one of the things they are most thankful for. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith (left), senior enlisted leader, 101st Airborne Division, greets Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas (right), senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, at...

  • KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Thanksgiving decorations adorn the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wright Nov. 28, 2013, helping to inspire the spirit of the holiday in the Soldiers there. It is a time for reflection and a day when many Americans ask themselves what in their lives they are thankful for, a question that holds profound meaning to the thousands of service members deployed to combat zones who can't be with their families on this day. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Thanksgiving decorations adorn the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Wright Nov. 28, 2013, helping to inspire the spirit of the holiday in the Soldiers there. It is a time for reflection and a day when many...

  • KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Wright enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday meal Nov. 28, 2013 in a dining facility filled with decorations for the event. The holiday gives sevice members deployed to a combat zone a way to bring a piece of home to Afghanistan and a moment to reflect on that all-important question of what they are thankful for in their lives.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Wright enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday meal Nov. 28, 2013 in a dining facility filled with decorations for the event. The holiday gives sevice members deployed to a combat zone a...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Husband and wife, U.S. Army Sgts. 1st Class Andrea and Marquis Williams, deployed together with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, meet at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam Nov. 28, 2013, to share their Thanksgiving together. Marquis serves as the signal noncommisioned officer in charge with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Bde., 10th Mtn. Div., while Andrea serves as the Brigade's legal noncommisioned officer in charge. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Husband and wife, U.S. Army Sgts. 1st Class Andrea and Marquis Williams, deployed together with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, meet at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam Nov. 28, 2013, to share their...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Even while deployed, Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam enjoy the food, camaraderie, and fellowship of the traditional Thanksgiving meal Nov. 28, 2013. In keeping with another tradition, Mehtar Lam's command worked the serving line providing all the Thanksgiving classics like turkey, green bean casserole, stuffing, and many others to the troops who work for them. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Even while deployed, Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam enjoy the food, camaraderie, and fellowship of the traditional Thanksgiving meal Nov. 28, 2013. In keeping with another tradition, Mehtar Lam's command...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment Soldier takes his stacked tray of Thanksgiving mainstays like mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing, to go sit down and enjoy his holiday meal. Soldiers across Afghanistan, though deployed, still found time to celebrate Thanksgiving and bring a slice of Americana back into their lives. 5th Battalion is a part of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment Soldier takes his stacked tray of Thanksgiving mainstays like mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing, to go sit down and enjoy his holiday meal. Soldiers across Afghanistan...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Jeremy Secrest, operations officer for 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, takes some time away from planning missions to help slice and serve the Thanksgiving roast to Soldiers in his battalion at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam Nov. 28, 2013. Other members of Mehtar Lam's command joined Secrest on the serving line in keeping with the Army tradition of the commanders serving the Soldiers on Thanksgiving. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Maj. Jeremy Secrest, operations officer for 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, takes some time away from planning missions to help slice and serve the Thanksgiving roast to Soldiers in his battalion...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Leaders at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam work the serving inside the base's dining facility for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013. Commanders traditionally serve the Soldiers on Thanksgiving, a symbolic gesture of how they are thankful for their troops. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Leaders at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam work the serving inside the base's dining facility for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013. Commanders traditionally serve the Soldiers on Thanksgiving, a symbolic gesture...

  • KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz (left), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, greets the first Soldier he sees after landing at Forward Operating Base Wright Nov. 28, 2013, and wishes him a Happy Thanksgiving. Diaz travelled across his brigade's area of operations to personally shake the hands of the Soldiers under his command and, as per tradition, serve those Soldiers their Thanksgiving meal in the bases' dining facilities. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz (left), commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, greets the first Soldier he sees after landing at Forward Operating Base Wright Nov. 28, 2013, and wishes him a Happy...

  • NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Gallarodo (left), a Bakersfield, Calif. native, and Sgt. Daniel Killgore (right), from Eastern Ky., take a moment Nov. 28, 2013, to pose for a picture inside a Thanksgiving Day cut-out at Forward Operating Base Torkham. For many Soldiers deployed to combat zones, Thanksgiving provides not just a time to reflect but also a time to decompress for a short while and share a few laughs with friends. Both men serve with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A Patriotic Thanksgiving

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Gallarodo (left), a Bakersfield, Calif. native, and Sgt. Daniel Killgore (right), from Eastern Ky., take a moment Nov. 28, 2013, to pose for a picture inside a Thanksgiving Day cut-out...

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