To begin the drawdown in Afghanistan, our troops in 17 Afghanistan bases had had their most important meal of the day cut back to only MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Where is a good breakfast more important than when fighting in Afghanistan in a remote outpost? The original 17 were expected to be extended beginning February 1, 2013. Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) received letters from his constituents saying their family members were no longer receiving a hot breaksfast. Braley wrote to Army Secretary John McHugh to protest the move. Yes, when we entered Iraq our soldiers were eating MREs three times a day, but this isn’t 10 years ago, this is today. Apparently, we are readying to hand the post over to the Afghans. I suggest we serve the hot breakfasts and give the Afghans the pot and pans when we leave.
UPDATE from Contributor findalis (can you imagine our soldiers fasting at Ramadan????):Â
I heard from my neighbor whose son is at the front in Afghanistan that they arenâ€™t even getting MREs. In fact they sometimes only get one meal a day (Dinner). He sent out a â€œCare Packageâ€ of cereal, breakfast bars, powdered milk, etcâ€¦ He is furious.
There is a rumor going around that base that when Ramadan arrives the military will force them to fast for it.
TheÂ ArmyÂ has stopped serving cooked breakfasts to some of the U.S. soldiers inÂ AfghanistanÂ as part of its drawdown, a move that prompted troops to write home asking their families and friends to send care packages with cereal, breakfast bars and other foods.
TheÂ ArmyÂ told the Washington Guardian the current cutbacks began Jan. 1, and affect about 2,700 soldiers deployed in forward operating bases in more remote areas ofÂ Afghanistan.
Officials said the reduction of cooked breakfasts and midnight meals is not related to the U.S. budget crisis, but rather is part of the effort to begin closing down U.S. operations in the affected areas and transition them to Afghan troops. The affected soldiers are being given packaged meals known as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) as substitutes for a cooked breakfast, the officials said.
â€œAs a part of the responsible draw down of operational forces serving inÂ Afghanistan, my staff examined ways to reduce our footprint and set the conditions for the reduction of forces,â€ explainedÂ Col. Joe Wawro, an infantry commander for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team.