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Watch Troops In Afghanistan Try The MRE Pizza For The First Time
The Army won't field its much-anticipated Meal, Ready to Eat pizza until 2019, but a few soldiers deployed to Afghanistan managed to snag an early delivery thanks to our friends over at Stars and Stripes.
Reporter Chad Garland hauled several of the brand new MREs all the way from the U.S. so hungry warfighters could assess the quality of the new pizza.
Engineered by researchers at the Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Massachusetts, "real trick" to developing the new foodstuff was "get[ing] bread, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni inside of a pouch, happily together for at least three years," as the Army put it in August.
So was the wait worth it? Let's find out:
The Army played down the negative reviews. After all, no controlled sampling in Kabul can capture the real environment in which an MRE is meant to be consumed.
“You can’t fully appreciate the value of an MRE unless you are cold, wet, tired and hungry — sitting in the dark and the rain on a mountain in Afghanistan,” NSRDEC spokesman David A. Accetta told Stars and Stripes. “That’s when the MRE, and the ability to have a hot meal anywhere, provides that touch of home and comfort."
The pizza MRE heads downrange in 2019. Now all that's missing is a few cold beers ...
A U.S.S. Manchester, CL-83, hat firmly tucked on his head, John Ronney, pierced the collar of his granddaughter, Jennifer Rooney's new rank during a special pinning ceremony at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune on Sept. 25.
By Rooney's side was his son and Jennifer's father Robert, a Navy veteran. Together, three Navy veterans brought together for military tradition.
"They are the two people who taught me everything I needed to know about the Navy," said Jennifer.
CAMP PENDLETON — The military prosecution of a Coast Guardsman accused of murder began Wednesday with a preliminary hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Kodiak, Alaska-based high endurance cutter Douglas Munro.
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.