Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan are celebrating Thanksgiving by reflecting, connecting and spending time with their new family. “We are all not with our families, so we bond more, it brings everybody together," said Staff Sgt. Rodney Fields, from Riverdale, Ga. "Everybody is going through the same thing.” The Defense Department said it sent 70,000 pounds of turkey and all the fixings this year to the roughly 45,000 U.S. troops on duty in Afghanistan. As the U.S. military escalates its withdrawal from Afghanistan, fewer such holiday meals will be necessary. Still, for legions of troops, the job isn’t over.
A dining facility worker, left, serves meat to soldiers and civilians for their Thanksgiving meal at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The dining hall at the U.S.-led coalition base in the Afghan capital served up mac-and-cheese along with traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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