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Troops “Think Outside the Bun” with AAFES’ First Taco Bell in Iraq

DALLAS – Making a taco run just got a little easier for troops stationed at Camp Taji, Iraq, with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s newest Taco Bell restaurant.

AAFES’ first Taco Bell in Iraq opened July 10 at Camp Taji food court to lines of hungry troops. More than 475 troops were served on the first day of operation with combo meals, which included items such as burritos and soda, among the favorite menu items. More than 3,000 tacos were served on the first day, in addition to 641 burritos.

The Camp Taji Taco Bell receives supplies from around the world to deliver the popular Mexican-style food to the troops in the desert. Taco Bell products, shipped from the United States, are joined by fresh produce in Kuwait before traveling north to Iraq.
“Bringing a taste of home to the troops in Iraq has definitely created lots of excitement,” said John Low, AAFES food business manager. “Troops said they cannot believe they are in Iraq having a Taco Bell meal and thanked AAFES for bringing Taco Bell to Camp Taji.”

AAFES currently operates more than 120 name brand fast food restaurants, like Taco Bell, throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, with 39 in Iraq alone. Another 16 name brand fast food restaurants in Operation Iraqi Freedom are planned.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and is directed by a Board of Directors who is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about AAFES' history and mission, please visit our web site at