Monday, April 2, 2007

EATING CHOW LIKE a FANCY-PANTS

I'm not sure if I've mention how well we eat here or not. KBR, a huge American conglomerate company provides our food service over here. They run alot of the contracts on day to day issues. Not only do they provide our food service but also, laundry, bussing and quite a few other services. They do a very good job at their service providing, I must say. The food they serve is excellent and always in too large of portions. The selection of food and treats in the chow halls is phenomenal. We have a main line, a short-order line and even a stir fry line. On top of it, we even have a dessert bar with about 10 different choices of cake, pie, pastries and ice cream. It is very, very evil in some regards. People always say, "You'll leave Iraq a member of the 300lb club. Either you will be bench pressing 300lbs or you will weigh 300lbs!"

The chow halls on the Army facilities, which is where I'm located, serve the food on plastic plates and we use plastic silverware. Not the most luxurious, but it gets the job done...and it cuts down on workers having to wash and clean dishes and silverware.

Recently some buddies and I figured out that the Air Force dining facility serves their food on REAL plates and have real "metal" silverware. WOW!!! What a treat! So recently we've started a weekly endeavor of hopping into "War Pig" and making the 15 minute trip to the Air Force chow hall. We like to call it, "eating out". The Air Force facility is essentially the same as the Army facilities...but in our minds...much nicer. One advantage, besides the silverware and plates is the fact you don't have to negotiate around tanks, armored vehicles and Stryker vehicles to get to the front door. It is also a cleaner facility. Not that ours is dirty...but the Air Force one is "spic and span". This is primarily due to the fact that they don't have hundreds of Soldiers who have just returned from patrols and missions coated in Iraq dirt and sand eating there. Not that sitting next to a young Soldier who is coated in dirt with "gun blast grease" coating his hands and face bothers me...sometimes over here, it's just nice to have a "fancy-pants" dinner. In fact it gives me some consolation to have that young Soldier sitting next to me. I know that he has survived another day doing the "dirty work" that alot of people make ill conceived decisions about. Ill conceived may not be the best description...maybe "unknowledgable" is the best word to use here. Unfortunately for that young man or woman in the chow hall...they don't have the luxury of making decisions for their work description/operations. But as it is in alot of work environments; the people doing the "real work" aren't the same ones dictating the "how-to" or the "how come". Life trudges on...I hope I see many more greasy, dirty Soldiers sitting next to me over the upcoming months...especially the SAME faces.

I posted a picture of yours truly in front of one of my work locations. I feel like I've come full-circle in my military career; from being a former enlisted Marine, a Navy pilot and now, wearing a combat uniform in Iraq. You'll notice that I'm wearing my "side arm" or pistol. Maybe it will stay holstered for awhile.
R, K and G, I love and miss you! Could really use some grilled salmon right now.

12 comments:

Dale B said...

I don't know about the Army but, in my experience, in any Navy vs. Air Force facilities comparison, the Navy always comes out second. Sometimes I think that the Navy would come out third, which is pretty hard to do when there are only two competitors.

ea6bflyr said...

Now that the "cat is out of the bag" we'll all have to show up for Fancy Pants dinner with you and Schnozz!

Mrs. Barbie said...
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Mrs. Barbie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETMEAT!!!!

Hope you have a great day!
We Love & Miss you!

XOXOXO,
The R,K,G Posse

James said...

You should come down to Tallil, where we have THREE sit-down restaurants. They're all pizza places, but they're better than the restaurants up there! Nanner nanner boo boo!

Grease said...

Yeah, the fancy pants dinners are nice, but when we walk in there with our knuckles dragging - I feel like Bluto from Animal House. All the spiffy Air Force people looking at us like,'Ewww, he's go dirt on his uniform.' Maybe they'd dig the egg trick?
-Grease

Reign of Reason said...

Talk about full circle: you look just like an army puke in that uniform...
esp. since last time I saw you it was around the squadron spaces -- in your bag.

Did you get the boxes I sent?

S

Woody said...

Barbie,

I'm a regular blog reader... Got the flag. It's AWESOME! Will show it to the troops tomorrow while pinning AMCS K and ADC Pep (now a citizen) to E-9 and E-8.

Hunters are breathing thier collective last. Skipper sez: Keep yer head low.

SonarMan said...

What a whiner! Someone call for the wah-mbulance! LOL! Thank God they've got an AF "dining facility" for you! Hey, just be thankful you're not eating MREs!

Seriously, thank you for your service. I am very grateful that outstanding sailors like you are over there doing the hard job. It does the Navy proud. Good luck, stay safe, and come home in one piece.

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