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Fast Food Brings a Piece of Home to Deployed Troops
08/17/2005

DALLAS – From the time the first Burger King restaurant opened at Baghdad International Airport June 10, 2003, to the newest Starbucks and Charley’s Grilled Subs opening July 2005 in Arifjan, Kuwait, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been providing deployed troops with a taste of home and an instant morale boost.

The number of name brand fast food restaurants AAFES operates in Operation Iraqi Freedom, from Camp Sather to Camp Victory, has expanded rapidly since the first Burger King. There are now 41 name brand fast food restaurants, including eight Burger Kings, nine Subways, two Cinnabons and one Taco Bell.

Name brand fast food can also be found throughout Operation Enduring Freedom. Subways and Burger Kings are located in Kuwait and Afghanistan to the delight of hungry troops looking for a relief from the realities of serving in a hostile location so far from home.

Captain Kevin Baird, company commander for B Company, 115
th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, witnesses the morale benefit name brand fast food provides.

“Eating at Subway, Pizza Hut or Burger King is a great break from the realities of life in Iraq,” said Capt. Baird. “A meal at one of these restaurants is often the highlight of the week.”

Wherever troops are sent, AAFES is sure to follow with support and a familiar snack. In addition to the name brand fast food facilities found in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, AAFES operates more than 2,000 restaurants worldwide.


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