Huge hunks of beef greeted the estimated 2,500 diners on Thursday as soldiers lined up at the base in Kabul. Red-white-and-blue decorations filled the room while brochures about combat stress served as table centerpieces.
There was turkey, ham and rib-eye steaks with sides of dressing, corn and collard greens. Some soldiers lapped up mashed potatoes and gravy with their spoons.
And for desert, there was a massive cake with a turkey etched in icing and scores of pies.
Army Sgt. Keith Wells says he is thankful for the good food, but was craving his wife's macaroni and cheese back home in Charlotte, North Carolina.