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Cmdr. Joe Kasny, left, and Sohail Qadir, right, serve turkey and gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Kasney is thankful for "my wife and son, and being able to serve in more ways than one today."  Qadir is thankful for working at Morale Welfare and Recreation in Bahrain for the last 10 years.

Cmdr. Joe Kasny, left, and Sohail Qadir, right, serve turkey and gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Kasney is thankful for "my wife and son, and being able to serve in more ways than one today." Qadir is thankful for working at Morale Welfare and Recreation in Bahrain for the last 10 years. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Cmdr. Joe Kasny, left, and Sohail Qadir, right, serve turkey and gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Kasney is thankful for "my wife and son, and being able to serve in more ways than one today."  Qadir is thankful for working at Morale Welfare and Recreation in Bahrain for the last 10 years.

Cmdr. Joe Kasny, left, and Sohail Qadir, right, serve turkey and gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Kasney is thankful for "my wife and son, and being able to serve in more ways than one today." Qadir is thankful for working at Morale Welfare and Recreation in Bahrain for the last 10 years. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Chantel Rutland, a contract specialist on Naval Support Activity Bahrain, puts out more plates for personnel getting their Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Rutland is thankful for friends who make her feel like family.

Chantel Rutland, a contract specialist on Naval Support Activity Bahrain, puts out more plates for personnel getting their Thanksgiving lunch Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Rutland is thankful for friends who make her feel like family. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Personnel and their families enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Personnel and their families enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Cpl. Joseph Cambra, a Marine in the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, gets some pumpkin pie to complete his Thanksgiving lunch while in port at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Cambra is thankful to be "spending Thanksgiving with my brothers and for my family here and family back home."

Cpl. Joseph Cambra, a Marine in the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, gets some pumpkin pie to complete his Thanksgiving lunch while in port at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Cambra is thankful to be "spending Thanksgiving with my brothers and for my family here and family back home." (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Personnel get some cherry cobbler as part of their Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Personnel get some cherry cobbler as part of their Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Chief Ray Mcsorley serves cherry cobbler during the Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Mcsorley is thankful his friends and family are safe.

Chief Ray Mcsorley serves cherry cobbler during the Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Mcsorley is thankful his friends and family are safe. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Command Master Chief Steve Timmons, Naval Support Activity Bahrain's command master chief, gets a plate of apple cobbler to round out his Thanksgiving lunch on the base Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Timmons is thankful for "freedom and the selfless sacrifice of others."

Command Master Chief Steve Timmons, Naval Support Activity Bahrain's command master chief, gets a plate of apple cobbler to round out his Thanksgiving lunch on the base Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Timmons is thankful for "freedom and the selfless sacrifice of others." (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Navy Lt. Jack Smith adds whipped cream to the desserts being served at Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Smith is "thankful everyone here in Bahrain is coming together as a family and being a blessing for one another."

Navy Lt. Jack Smith adds whipped cream to the desserts being served at Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Smith is "thankful everyone here in Bahrain is coming together as a family and being a blessing for one another." (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Petty Officer 1st Class Enrique Heras serves apple cobbler at Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Heras is thankful for family.

Petty Officer 1st Class Enrique Heras serves apple cobbler at Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Heras is thankful for family. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Senior Chief Richard Johnson pours gravy and shows love to personnel getting their Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Johnson is thankful because "this is my first time being able to take my family with me while deployed. It makes the tour easier."

Senior Chief Richard Johnson pours gravy and shows love to personnel getting their Thanksgiving lunch at Naval Support Activity Bahrain on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Johnson is thankful because "this is my first time being able to take my family with me while deployed. It makes the tour easier." (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Brown serves gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  Brown is thankful for accomplishing a lot and traveling a lot this year.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Brown serves gravy during Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Brown is thankful for accomplishing a lot and traveling a lot this year. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Good, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, serves lobster during the Thanksgiving lunch at the Manhattan Dining Facility at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Good joined dozens of senior leaders doling out food to servicemembers for the holiday.

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Good, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, serves lobster during the Thanksgiving lunch at the Manhattan Dining Facility at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Good joined dozens of senior leaders doling out food to servicemembers for the holiday. (379th Air Expeditionary Wing)

The Thanksgiving pool parade held at Coalition Compound at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, was filled with servicemembers who came out to support their team on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Music and cheers filled the air as contestants prepared to see if their boats were good enough to win the event.

The Thanksgiving pool parade held at Coalition Compound at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, was filled with servicemembers who came out to support their team on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Music and cheers filled the air as contestants prepared to see if their boats were good enough to win the event. (379th Air Expeditionary Wing)

Staff Sgt. Damian Kelton, 817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron participated in the Thanksgiving pool parade at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday,  Nov. 26, 2015. Kelton?s boat was a turkey made out of water bottles, cardboard and duct tape. Kelton and his teammate named their boat ?kilo.?

Staff Sgt. Damian Kelton, 817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron participated in the Thanksgiving pool parade at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Kelton?s boat was a turkey made out of water bottles, cardboard and duct tape. Kelton and his teammate named their boat ?kilo.? (379th Air Expeditionary Wing)

Brig. Gen. Darren James, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, carves a turkey during the Thanksgiving lunch service in the Manhattan Dining Facility at Al Udied Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. The general joined dozens of senior leaders doling out food to servicemembers as a way of thanking them for their service.

Brig. Gen. Darren James, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, carves a turkey during the Thanksgiving lunch service in the Manhattan Dining Facility at Al Udied Air Base, Qatar, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. The general joined dozens of senior leaders doling out food to servicemembers as a way of thanking them for their service. (379th Air Expeditionary Wing)

MANAMA, Bahrain — In Bahrain, servicemembers deployed on ships welcomed a Thanksgiving meal on dry land; in Qatar, airmen got wet, as they all made the best of a holiday spent deployed.

As is tradition, officers at both Al-Udaid Air Base in Qatar and Naval Support Activity Bahrain served the holiday meal.

At Al-Udaid, servicemembers participated in a pool parade, paddling makeshift boats.

At Naval Support Activity Bahrain, some personnel shared what they were thankful for.

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