• Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Fischer, liaison noncommissioned officer for 10th Sustainment Brigade, and resident of California City, Calif., bites into a pizza at a Joint Base Balad, Iraq, dining facility. The pizzas were donated by Uno's Chicago Grill and delivered to deployed servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Pizza Surge.

    Pizza Delivery in Iraq'

    Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Fischer, liaison noncommissioned officer for 10th Sustainment Brigade, and resident of California City, Calif., bites into a pizza at a Joint Base Balad, Iraq, dining facility. The pizzas were donated by Uno's Chicago...

  • Sgt. Kenneth E. Schimmels, a cook with the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, and resident of Newton, W.V., cooked the pizzas donated by Uno's Chicago Grill for servicemembers at the dining facility during the 4th of July celebration at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

    Pizza Delivery in Iraq'

    Sgt. Kenneth E. Schimmels, a cook with the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, and resident of Newton, W.V., cooked the pizzas donated by Uno's Chicago Grill for servicemembers at the dining facility during the 4th of July celebration at Joint Base...

  • Staff Sgt. Dino A. Lonegro, a force protection noncommissioned officer from the 181st Brigade Support Battalion, and resident of Seattle, Wash., accepts a pizza at a Joint Base Balad, Iraq, dining facility. The pizzas were donated by Uno's Chicago Grill and delivered to deployed servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Pizza Surge.

    Pizza Delivery in Iraq'

    Staff Sgt. Dino A. Lonegro, a force protection noncommissioned officer from the 181st Brigade Support Battalion, and resident of Seattle, Wash., accepts a pizza at a Joint Base Balad, Iraq, dining facility. The pizzas were donated by Uno's Chicago...

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Thousands of pizzas were served to Soldiers during the 4th of July celebration here Saturday.

It feels great to be able to serve a dish well known back home, said Chief Warrant Officer Tiffany L. Alexander, the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) food service technician advisor. "Whatever we can do to make the Soldiers feel like they are back home, we are pleased to do it."

Approximately 40 food-service Soldiers worked in the four dining facilities to prepare and serve 1,350 individual-pan Uno's Chicago Grill pizzas.

The pizzas were donated by a non-profit organization, Pizza 4 Patriots, and delivered by DHL Worldwide Express.

DHL delivered 28,000 Uno's Chicago Grill nine-inch personal pizzas throughout various hubs in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of "Operation Pizza Surge." JBB was one of six locations in Iraq to receive the pizzas for servicemembers.

"I really appreciate this pizza and send my thanks to all the patriotic people back home that gave us this opportunity to enjoy this delicious pizza," said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Fischer, liaison noncommissioned officer for 10th Sustainment Brigade.

"I think its great the dining facility (here) offers special holiday meals," said Sgt. 1st Class Dino A. Lonegro, force protection NCO from the 181st Brigade Support Battalion. "The Soldiers are all away from home and this pizza makes it a little easier."

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