No Burger King for deployed soldiers
An article in the paper today said that US troops deploying to Poland will not have Burger King on base. Somehow it is supposed to be good for moral to eat a lot of potato based meals in a Polish army mess hall, rather than eat like civilians.
The story thought that the disdain of front line troops for "FOBBITS" (In the Marines we called them "REMFS", would be less if the support troops safe back on the base would suffer a little too.
I remember an officer who went on to become famous. He thought that "practice bleeding" , as he called it was stupid. He was not soft, but he wanted only the best for his men. I doubt that he remembers me, but I'll always remember has advice that he would trade my life "in a heartbeat", if needed, for tactical reasons, but that I could die knowing that my life had been worth something.
When after a few years of active duty, and then a career in the reserve, I was activated for a war, it was not the war that I'd planned on. I ended up near Newport Beach Cal (MCAS El Toro) as a REMF. We had a McD on base, and darn right, I encouraged food runs there when we were working long shifts. The exhausted transport flight crews ate there between back to back missions too. Once when they were doing a "hot" turn around, and everyone was busy, I made the McD run for that crew myself, and got the bags into the hatch just before the plane started it's taxi to the runway. I don't regret it.