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Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Burke, ceremonial director at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., hands paperwork to Kayla Ellis, a resident of New Gretna, N.J., as she checks in to the annual Thanksgiving Operation Fireside event, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Operation Fireside has been organized by the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter and the Coast Guard Training Center since 1981 and places recruits in host family homes during both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Burke, ceremonial director at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., hands paperwork to Kayla Ellis, a resident of New Gretna, N.J., as she checks in to the annual Thanksgiving Operation Fireside event, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Operation Fireside has been organized by the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter and the Coast Guard Training Center since 1981 and places recruits in host family homes during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. (John Edwards/U.S. Coast Guard)

Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Burke, ceremonial director at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., hands paperwork to Kayla Ellis, a resident of New Gretna, N.J., as she checks in to the annual Thanksgiving Operation Fireside event, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Operation Fireside has been organized by the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter and the Coast Guard Training Center since 1981 and places recruits in host family homes during both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Burke, ceremonial director at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., hands paperwork to Kayla Ellis, a resident of New Gretna, N.J., as she checks in to the annual Thanksgiving Operation Fireside event, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Operation Fireside has been organized by the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter and the Coast Guard Training Center since 1981 and places recruits in host family homes during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. (John Edwards/U.S. Coast Guard)

Capt. Andrew Hibbs, commander of Troop B, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division grills shrimp and onions during Thanksgiving food preparation in Yavoriv, Ukraine on Nov. 24, 2016.

Capt. Andrew Hibbs, commander of Troop B, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division grills shrimp and onions during Thanksgiving food preparation in Yavoriv, Ukraine on Nov. 24, 2016. (John Onuoha/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Europe Command Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire serves up Thanksgiving dinner to the diners at the Strong Europe Cafe in Wiesbaden, Germany on Nov. 24, 2016.

U.S. Army Europe Command Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire serves up Thanksgiving dinner to the diners at the Strong Europe Cafe in Wiesbaden, Germany on Nov. 24, 2016. (Anthony Sweeney/U.S. Army)

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea eats a Thanksgiving meal after serving sailors and Marines stationed in Pohang, Republic of Korea on Nov. 24, 2016.

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea eats a Thanksgiving meal after serving sailors and Marines stationed in Pohang, Republic of Korea on Nov. 24, 2016. (Wesley J. Breedlove/U.S. Navy)

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark serve Thanksgiving lunch to coalition forces and U.S. Army civilians at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Nov. 24, 2016.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark serve Thanksgiving lunch to coalition forces and U.S. Army civilians at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Nov. 24, 2016. (Eliodoro Molina/U.S. Army)

Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Aruz cuts cooked pig in the galley on Nov. 24, 2016 in Yokosuka, Japan, during a Thanksgiving meal with shipmates and family members on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Aruz cuts cooked pig in the galley on Nov. 24, 2016 in Yokosuka, Japan, during a Thanksgiving meal with shipmates and family members on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. (Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy)

Sailors enjoy a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 24, 2016 with shipmates and family members on the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan.

Sailors enjoy a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 24, 2016 with shipmates and family members on the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan. (Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy)

The military service members of U.S. Forces Afghanistan begin their 2016 Thanksgiving celebration with a Turkey Bowl football game at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 23, 2016.

The military service members of U.S. Forces Afghanistan begin their 2016 Thanksgiving celebration with a Turkey Bowl football game at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 23, 2016. (Robert Harrison/U.S. Army)

The military service members of U.S. Forces Afghanistan begin their 2016 Thanksgiving celebration with a Turkey Bowl football game at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 23, 2016.

The military service members of U.S. Forces Afghanistan begin their 2016 Thanksgiving celebration with a Turkey Bowl football game at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 23, 2016. (Robert Harrison/U.S. Army)

Traditional Latvian folk dancers perform for U.S. paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade, before sharing Thanksgiving dinner at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Nov. 22, 2016.

Traditional Latvian folk dancers perform for U.S. paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade, before sharing Thanksgiving dinner at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Nov. 22, 2016. (Lauren Harrah/U.S. Army)

Cmdr. Ray Bailey interacts with the local Okinawan children at Yugafu Church as part of the Two Fishes Project, Nov. 23, 2016. The Two Fishes Project feeds children in poverty, providing them with meals so they can focus on their school studies. U.S. Marines and sailors with 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade shared a traditional Thanksgiving meal with the Okinawan children. Bailey is the chaplain of III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group and is from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Cmdr. Ray Bailey interacts with the local Okinawan children at Yugafu Church as part of the Two Fishes Project, Nov. 23, 2016. The Two Fishes Project feeds children in poverty, providing them with meals so they can focus on their school studies. U.S. Marines and sailors with 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade shared a traditional Thanksgiving meal with the Okinawan children. Bailey is the chaplain of III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group and is from Lincoln, Nebraska. (Kelsey Dornfeld/U.S. Marine Corps)

Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen serves a meal to local Okinawan children at Yugafu Church as part of the Two Fishes Project, Nov. 23, 2016. The Two Fishes Project feeds children in poverty, providing them with meals so they can focus on their school studies. U.S. Marines and sailors with 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade shared a traditional Thanksgiving meal with these children. Jansen is the commanding general of 3d MEB.

Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen serves a meal to local Okinawan children at Yugafu Church as part of the Two Fishes Project, Nov. 23, 2016. The Two Fishes Project feeds children in poverty, providing them with meals so they can focus on their school studies. U.S. Marines and sailors with 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade shared a traditional Thanksgiving meal with these children. Jansen is the commanding general of 3d MEB. (Kelsey Dornfeld/U.S. Marine Corps)

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade serve cake to children during the Thanksgiving lunch celebration at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy on Nov. 22, 2016.

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade serve cake to children during the Thanksgiving lunch celebration at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy on Nov. 22, 2016. (Paolo Bovo/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Nicola M. Felder, assigned to U.S. Army Africa, serves lunch to Capt. Francesco Provvidenza, company commander Carabinieri Southern European Task Force, during the Thanksgiving lunch celebration at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy Nov. 22, 2016.

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Nicola M. Felder, assigned to U.S. Army Africa, serves lunch to Capt. Francesco Provvidenza, company commander Carabinieri Southern European Task Force, during the Thanksgiving lunch celebration at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy Nov. 22, 2016. (Davide Dalla Massara/U.S. Army)

Leaders from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment take a moment to sing the 11th ACR song, Allons, between serving Thanksgiving meals to Fort Irwin Soldiers on Nov. 22, 2016 in California.

Leaders from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment take a moment to sing the 11th ACR song, Allons, between serving Thanksgiving meals to Fort Irwin Soldiers on Nov. 22, 2016 in California. (Austin Anyzeski/U.S. Army)

On Nov. 22, 2016, 1st. Sgt. Daniel Salinas of the 226th Signal Company serves up a slice of turkey to a 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade soldier during the brigade's Thanksgiving celebration at Fort Drum in New York.

On Nov. 22, 2016, 1st. Sgt. Daniel Salinas of the 226th Signal Company serves up a slice of turkey to a 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade soldier during the brigade's Thanksgiving celebration at Fort Drum in New York. (Liane Schmersahl/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade sing holiday music to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, 2016 at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy.

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade sing holiday music to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, 2016 at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy. (Opal Vaughn/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Europe Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, right, receives food on Nov. 22, 2016 during Thanksgiving celebrations at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy.

U.S. Army Europe Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, right, receives food on Nov. 22, 2016 during Thanksgiving celebrations at Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy. (Opal Vaughn/U.S. Army)

Marine Corps Community Services Camp Pendleton hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony on Camp Pendleton Calif. on Nov. 19, 2016.

Marine Corps Community Services Camp Pendleton hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony on Camp Pendleton Calif. on Nov. 19, 2016. (Rhita Daniel/U.S. Marine Corps)

Maj. Gen Bryan R. Owens, the commanding general of U.S. Army Alaska, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Ferrusi, the senior enlisted advisor, and Capt. Patrick R. McGrath, the aide de camp, sing during a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thanksgiving service and fellowship lunch at the Arctic Warrior Chapel on Nov. 21, 2016.

Maj. Gen Bryan R. Owens, the commanding general of U.S. Army Alaska, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Ferrusi, the senior enlisted advisor, and Capt. Patrick R. McGrath, the aide de camp, sing during a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thanksgiving service and fellowship lunch at the Arctic Warrior Chapel on Nov. 21, 2016. (Joel Gibson/U.S. Army)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dathan Hayes, 633rd Communications Squadron first sergeant, and Jennifer May, wife of Master Sgt. Philip May, 633rd Medical Group first sergeant, unwrap canned goods during Operation Warmheart at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia on Nov. 20, 2016. The Langley First Sergeant Council hosts the Operation Warmheart Thanksgiving basket drive annually to gather food for JBLE service members and their families.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dathan Hayes, 633rd Communications Squadron first sergeant, and Jennifer May, wife of Master Sgt. Philip May, 633rd Medical Group first sergeant, unwrap canned goods during Operation Warmheart at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia on Nov. 20, 2016. The Langley First Sergeant Council hosts the Operation Warmheart Thanksgiving basket drive annually to gather food for JBLE service members and their families. (Kaylee Dubois/U.S. Air Force)

Volunteers and airmen from the 446th Airlift Wing's Airmen and Family Readiness Center help unload turkeys from a truck as part of the annual Turkey drop on the Rainier Wing on Nov. 18, 2016. The Puget Sound Business Alliance partnered with the AFRC to donate 83 turkeys as part of an ongoing effort to provide airmen in need with a Thanksgiving meal.

Volunteers and airmen from the 446th Airlift Wing's Airmen and Family Readiness Center help unload turkeys from a truck as part of the annual Turkey drop on the Rainier Wing on Nov. 18, 2016. The Puget Sound Business Alliance partnered with the AFRC to donate 83 turkeys as part of an ongoing effort to provide airmen in need with a Thanksgiving meal. (Daniel Liddicoet/U.S. Air Force)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center leaders served hundreds of soldiers, staff and beneficiaries a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 17, 2016.

William Beaumont Army Medical Center leaders served hundreds of soldiers, staff and beneficiaries a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 17, 2016. (Marcy Sanchez/U.S. Army)

Members of the 111th Attack Wing enjoy a luncheon and donation event hosted by the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO) at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pennsylvania on Nov. 12, 2016. Mission BBQ and the Philadelphia Flyers organization helped the USO with the event and donated more than 50 packages of traditional Thanksgiving Day grocery items to military members.

Members of the 111th Attack Wing enjoy a luncheon and donation event hosted by the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO) at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pennsylvania on Nov. 12, 2016. Mission BBQ and the Philadelphia Flyers organization helped the USO with the event and donated more than 50 packages of traditional Thanksgiving Day grocery items to military members. (Andria Allmond/U.S. Air Force)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus eats Thanksgiving dinner with sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 24, 2016. Ike's culinary specialists prepared more than 4,950 pounds of turkey, 1,050 pounds of ham, 1,200 pounds of beef tenderloin, 648 pounds of shrimp cocktail, 7,000 portions of mashed potatoes, 400 pies and 200 cheesecakes for the Thanksgiving meal.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus eats Thanksgiving dinner with sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 24, 2016. Ike's culinary specialists prepared more than 4,950 pounds of turkey, 1,050 pounds of ham, 1,200 pounds of beef tenderloin, 648 pounds of shrimp cocktail, 7,000 portions of mashed potatoes, 400 pies and 200 cheesecakes for the Thanksgiving meal. (Anderson Branch/U.S. Navy)

Sgt. 1st. Class. Antron Myers with the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division dives into the end zone to score a touchdown during a Thanksgiving football tournament in Yavoriv, Ukraine on Nov. 24, 2016.

Sgt. 1st. Class. Antron Myers with the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division dives into the end zone to score a touchdown during a Thanksgiving football tournament in Yavoriv, Ukraine on Nov. 24, 2016. (John Onuoha/U.S. Army)

Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island addresses sailors and Marines before Thanksgiving Day dinner on the ship's mess decks in the Indian Ocean.  The Makin Island, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, celebrated Thanksgiving while underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island addresses sailors and Marines before Thanksgiving Day dinner on the ship's mess decks in the Indian Ocean. The Makin Island, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, celebrated Thanksgiving while underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (David Gardner/U.S. Navy)

Red Cross staff members and volunteers wait in line at the dining facility at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina on Nov. 24, 2016. Since Hurricane Matthew, the Red Cross has sent 111 emergency response vehicles to deliver relief to hard-hit areas.

Red Cross staff members and volunteers wait in line at the dining facility at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina on Nov. 24, 2016. Since Hurricane Matthew, the Red Cross has sent 111 emergency response vehicles to deliver relief to hard-hit areas. (Ashley Williamson/U.S. Air Force)

A U.S. Air Force honor guard stands before more than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers, families and British neighbors as the British and American anthems are played during a church service on the Eve of Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the historic Ely Cathedral in England.

A U.S. Air Force honor guard stands before more than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers, families and British neighbors as the British and American anthems are played during a church service on the Eve of Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the historic Ely Cathedral in England. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

Army Col. Thomas Gukeisen serves dessert to those celebrating Thanksgiving at NATO's Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

Army Col. Thomas Gukeisen serves dessert to those celebrating Thanksgiving at NATO's Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

A servicemember gets his Thanksgiving meal at the dining hall at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

A servicemember gets his Thanksgiving meal at the dining hall at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

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