Pigging out: Soldiers bring Polynesian cooking to Iraq

By Sgt. Joshua Risner, MND-B PAOMay 29, 2009

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Jeff Azores, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from Santa Maria, Calif., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, 364th CA Brigade, turns a pig on a spit, May 22. Two pigs were roasted over an open fire and two were cooked in the emu fashion-slow-cooked in the ground in preparation for an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. "This is my first time doing something like this; I wanted to try to participate and help in any way I can," Azores said.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Jeff Azores, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from Santa Maria, Calif., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, 364th CA Brigade, turns a pig on a spit, May 22. Two pigs were roasted over an open fire and two were cooked in the emu fashion-slow-cooked in the ground in preparation for an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. "This is my first time doing something like this; I wanted to try to participate and help in any way I can," Azores said. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Risner, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Selesese Sokimi (left), from Tacoma, Wash., assigned to Fire Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Salofi Leasiolagi, 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 447th Air Expeditionary Group, from Pago Pago, American Samoa, pull a pig out of the ground in preparation for a feast honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 22. The pig, cooked in the traditional emu style, is set on a bed of coals and rocks and buried in the ground to slow cook over a period of more than 14 hours.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Selesese Sokimi (left), from Tacoma, Wash., assigned to Fire Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Salofi Leasiolagi, 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 447th Air Expeditionary Group, from Pago Pago, American Samoa, pull a pig out of the ground in preparation for a feast honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 22. The pig, cooked in the traditional emu style, is set on a bed of coals and rocks and buried in the ground to slow cook over a period of more than 14 hours. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Risner, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Sinapao Roberts, from Asu, American Samoa, assigned to Multi-National Corps - Iraq, unwraps an emu-style pig, to prepare the meat for a feast honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 22. Roberts, along with other MNC-I and Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers, prepared four pigs for the feast.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Sinapao Roberts, from Asu, American Samoa, assigned to Multi-National Corps - Iraq, unwraps an emu-style pig, to prepare the meat for a feast honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 22. Roberts, along with other MNC-I and Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers, prepared four pigs for the feast. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Joshua Risner, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL