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American ground troops drove so fast to Baghdad they sometimes outran supply lines bringing bottled water and Meals Ready to Eat, according to a report in The Washington Times.

Soldiers and Marines wolfed down most varieties of the vacuum-packed, 1,300-calorie meals at the rate of hundreds of thousands a day. But they held their noses at one dish — beef with mushrooms, the Times reports.

“The beef and mushrooms was very unpopular,” Navy Vice Adm. Keith W. Lippert, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency, told the Times. “I think we’re going to pull it and take another crack at it. We’re a beef-eating country, and I don’t think it reaches the standard of good steak we’re accustomed to.”

On any given day, DLA’s 22,000 employees are busy feeding and clothing more than 1 million active-duty and reserves.

A top priority in Operation Iraqi Freedom was feeding and watering the troops.

“My attention was on bottled water and MREs,” he said.

There were some shortages in units where fighting men were accustomed to three or four calorie-packed MREs a day, the Times reported.

“In many cases, our troops advanced so quickly to Baghdad they literally outran supply lines. They went so fast we couldn’t keep up with the MREs to get them to them.”

According to the report, the military considers its current meal-in-a-pouch a big improvement over the MREs introduced in Desert Storm 12 years ago, and head-and-shoulders above World War II K rations.


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