In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Restaurants serving soldiers overseas

Eating a Burger King Whopper or a Subway foot-long reminds Capt. Bill Roberts of home. Stationed in Baghdad, the New York-native occasionally skips Army chow and treats himself to the same foods he enjoyed at his local mall’s food court.

“If it weren’t for the fact that everyone is armed and the guards check everyone’s ID before they go in and the large barrier walls around the exterior, it would be like going to a small shopping center back home,” Roberts said. “Getting a Whopper with cheese and fries can make a world of difference in morale for someone who has been out in the sandbox for awhile.”

The restaurants where Roberts eats are facilitated by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which is the military’s equivalent to Wal-Mart. On almost every U.S. base, AAFES has a department and grocery store with QSRs nearby, even in a combat zone.

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At 1:33 PM, Blogger kbug said...

There's a heartfelt passion in your writing when you write about soldiers, Casanova...even when it has to do with fast food...I love it..... :)

At 1:45 PM, Blogger kbug said...

Oh, I almost forgot...I asked Seth if he'd ever eaten at the Popeye's chicken place you mentioned and he said no, but he said he has eaten at the Pizza Hut there..... :)

At 8:01 PM, Blogger AFSister said...

Great post, Smink! I've never thought about having hometown restaurants on foreign bases having that sort of affect on our Soldiers. I always saw it as an alternative to the mess hall, and that's about it.

Very cool perspective.


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