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Officials Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2004 – About 18,000 U.S. and coalition soldiers deployed throughout Afghanistan enjoyed Thanksgiving feasts Nov. 25 and were recognized for their service with visits from several senior military and civilian officials.

Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, served Thanksgiving dinner to soldiers at Kandahar Airfield, in keeping with a long- standing military tradition of senior leaders serving the junior servicemembers on Thanksgiving Day.

Anthony Principi, secretary of Veterans Affairs, read a message from President George W. Bush to troops at Bagram Air Base. The message reflected the president's gratitude for the service of troops deployed this holiday season.

Army Lt. Gen. David Barno, commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, and Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76, visited troops at forward operating bases throughout the operations area.

Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III, commander of U.S. Army, Pacific based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, visited soldiers and Marines deployed from Hawaii and now based at Forward Operating Base Salerno.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan Press Release.)

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Gen. John Abizaid
Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi
Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III


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