Wrangler Families Counted Their Blessings on Thanksgiving

Sgt. 1st Class Erick Ritterby
Chief of Public Affairs
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — Senior leaders reported for duty on Thanksgiving Day. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the serving line, officers and non-commissioned officers from each unit within the 4th Sustainment Brigade wore their dress uniforms and waited on a crowd that stretched out the door at the Freeman Dining Facility on Nov. 26.

A leader serving his or her Soldiers on a holiday such as Thanksgiving is an Army tradition according to Lt. Col. John Hickey, 4th Brigade Troops Battalion commander.

“When we’re doing something special, leaders step back and take that opportunity to serve their Soldiers because we are servants of our Soldiers,” said Hickey.

It was a holiday feast fit for an Army. The plates were piled high with all the freshly carved trimmings to include: spicy shrimp cocktail, glazed baked ham, steamship round beef, garden vegetable salads, and sweet potato pie with whipped cream to name a few.

“The food was awesome,” said Sandra Frey, Army spouse. “It’s good to be with my husband this year because he was deployed last year.”

Frey’s husband is the top NCO in charge of the Wrangler Brigade, and her husband returned from a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May.

“It’s great having our family together,” said Frey. “This thanksgiving was a real nice day for us.”

There was a lot to be thankful for especially at Fort Hood this Thanksgiving.

Sgt. Stephanie Carson serves with the 4th Sustainment Brigade and knows all too well the sacrifices Soldiers have to make during the Holidays. She has spent two of the last four Thanksgivings deployed overseas.

“We do have a family environment over in places such as Iraq, and we do make the best of things while we’re over there,” said Carson. “But at the same time, there is nothing that compares to being at home.”

Fort Hood Soldiers such as Carson were counting their blessings on Thanksgiving. She was grateful to be together with her family this year even as she reflected on her friends who are still deployed.

“I am praying for my friends in Iraq who are coming home soon,” said Carson. “And I am just so thankful that everyone will come home safe.”

More than 200,000 military families spent this Thanksgiving apart from their loved ones who are serving overseas this holiday season.

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FORT HOOD, Texas — The plates were piled high with all the freshly carved trimmings as senior officers and non-commissioned officers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade served Soldiers and families during Thanksgiving at the Freeman Dining Facility on Fort Hood Nov. 26.
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Ritterby)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers were counting their blessings on Thanksgiving as they enjoyed a holiday feast fit for an Army. The 4th Sustainment Brigade served Soldiers and families at the Freeman Dining Facility on Fort Hood Nov. 26.
(U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Ariana Roscoe)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Two turkey were on display outside the Freeman Dining Facility on Fort Hood Nov. 26. The birds were a part of an elaborate outside display for the 4th Sustainment Brigade’s Thanksgiving Day celebration.
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Ritterby)

 

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Senior officers and non-commissioned officers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade wore their dress uniforms as they served Soldiers and families during Thanksgiving at the Freeman Dining Facility on Fort Hood Nov. 26.
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Ritterby)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — A U.S. Army officer serves a holiday feast fit for an Army as the 4th Sustainment Brigade celebrated Thanksgiving with Soldiers and families at the Freeman Dining Facility on Fort Hood Nov. 26.
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Ritterby)