Fort Wainwright Soldiers enjoy early Thanksgiving meal

FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Fort Wainwright soldiers enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal served by some leadership, including U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan.

Soldiers eat an early Thanksgiving meal at the dining facility. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

"We're having our annual Thanksgiving meal for all the soldiers that are away from home, away from families, trying to get them a good meal, a nice warm meal," said Sergeant First Class Jimmy Clark, dining facility manager.

Their meal included, "lobster tails, roast turkey, roast pig, roast beef... we have dressing, candy yam potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, along with all the extras, desserts, and juices," said Clark.

Clark says he is happy to provide a nice warm Thanksgiving meal to these soldiers.

"To provide these meals to the soldiers is like a really great feeling. I guess you could say in a sense it’s like doing community work for the homeless out there, with providing a good meal -- boosting the soldiers' morale, trying to keep them happy, especially with everything that's been going on around this post, trying to just keep the soldier's morale up," said Clark.

Private First Class Deonte Singletary is from North Carolina and says this is his first holiday season away from home.

"It's awesome, being away from the family, I mean this is my family now, it's worth it," said Singletary.

First Lieutenant Josh Wells, battalion operations officer, says turkey is not a normal part of his thanksgiving meal.

"I grew up in an Italian household, and we had lasagna instead of turkey. We had that for about twelve years, so having turkey for Thanksgiving is actually kind of new for me. If they would have said they had lasagna on the menu, I probably would have gotten like three plates of it," said Wells.

Wells says he may try to make lasagna this year, but it will not live up to his mom's lasagna.

"It's a little hard being away from family, but this is my family now. The community really gathers and they have a lot of events out in Fort Wainwright and we were able to get plugged into the community. It helps make up for it. At the end of the day, it's great to spend time with people I serve with," said Wells.

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