Pentagon denying hot breakfast to troops, says concerned congressman

An Iowa congressman accused the Pentagon of no longer serving hot breakfasts to troops stationed at some bases in Afghanistan, and said more stoppages will soon follow.

In a media release from the office of U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, headlined, “Braley Presses Pentagon on Ending Breakfast for Troops Serving in Afghanistan,” the congressman said:

17 bases in Afghanistan have suspended serving troops breakfast; more bases will stop on Feb. 1.

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today wrote Army Secretary John McHugh to express “growing concern” regarding Army actions that have ended service of breakfast to American troops serving at 17 US military outposts in Afghanistan.

Braley has also been informed by the Army that this policy will be expanded to more locations in Afghanistan beginning on February 1st.

“I am troubled that the Army would deny any deployed troops three meals per day, regardless of force size,” Braley wrote.  “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the very freedoms we cherish. The exhaustive mental and physical labor that is required by soldiers to fight in harsh and unforgiving conditions is tremendous. We shouldn’t deny our troops something as fundamental as a proper meal.

“I am positive that with the logistical mastery the Army has exhibited in combat operations around the world, you can logistically administer the procedure of serving breakfast every day.”

The issue was brought to Braley’s attention by concerned family members of Iowa soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Although the announcement is dated Jan. 17, it received very little attention until it was later picked up on Twitter.

BizPac Review contacted Braley’s office and spoke to Assistant Press Secretary Amanda Bowman. She confirmed that the matter is still pending and under investigation, and promised to keep BPR informed of future developments.

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