AUSA Kuwait Chapter hosts Thanksgiving feast for troops
MANGAF, Kuwait - Soldiers from the 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) joined more than 300 service members for a Thanksgiving feast held Nov. 28 at the Hilton Kuwait Resort in Mangaf, Kuwait.
The Association of the United States Army Kuwait Chapter hosted the event with the support of 13 corporate sponsors to include Global International, DynCorp International and United Airlines. In addition to partaking in a catered dinner that included traditional Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and potatoes as well as honey roasted chicken, lemon pepper tilapia, baked lasagna, fresh fruit and an assortment of desserts, the troops also had the opportunity to explore the resort's rock jetty, lounge along the sandy beach, play a match of volleyball, shop for Christmas gifts at an arts and crafts bizarre and listen to live music by Negligent Discharge, a cover band consisting of service members from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
More than a dozen political dignitaries and military officers from Kuwait, Australia, Canada and Great Britain also attended the festivities. Soldiers from the 143d ESC even persuaded Matthew H. Tueller, the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, to join them for a group photo before he set out to visit every table to personally thank the troops for their service.
Formed in 2006, the AUSA Kuwait Chapter comprises approximately 250 members and volunteers who advance the interests of the Army. Although the AUSA as a whole primarily focuses on the needs of Soldiers and their families, the Kuwait Chapter also supports every military branch currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operational Enduring Freedom through morale boosting events and fundraisers.
Story and photos by Sgt. John L. Carkeet IV, public affairs NCO, 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)