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This time of year, we all miss our families and friends.

In my hometown this time of year brings the possibility of snow on Christmas Day. Aah ... we wish for it every year, but it rarely happens.

As we go about our work diligently here in Iraq, occasionally our minds wander to think of family and friends. As much as I miss my family and as much as they need me, my family here needs me as well. I will be working Christmas and New Year’s Day, because there are those of us who must be "always vigilant." However, that does not mean I will not take time to eat a well-prepared meal. A meal instinctively that I know will be there. Consequently, I want to thank the people who make our holiday season absolutely wonderful. We do not think about it every day, but these unsung heroes create new holiday memories for us each holiday season.

Memories, much like those in the past that will last forever. I am being a bit nostalgic and presumptuous here, but I am confident that I could speak for the military, civilian and coalition partners, in thanking all KBR workers, food service personnel, the various contractors and military personnel who have a role in supplying meals for us across the world. You are [counted] among the true heroes here.

I recognize not all of our men and women in uniform around world are as blessed as we are. But instinctively, I know they too will join me in saying thanks for your service, it has been recognized and duly noted. From all of us to all of you, you make our holiday season one to remember.

Sgt. Maj. Milton HardyForward Operating Base Prosperity, Iraq

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