Giving thanks in the Gulf on Thanksgiving

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.


By CHRIS CHURCH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 26, 2015

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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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.

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