FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2018) — Fort Leonard Wood held its traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration Thursday in several of its dining facilities on post, with meals for service members and guests.

The meal included 7,000 pounds of turkey, 1,200 pounds of shrimp, 2,000 pounds of beef and assorted cakes and pies with all of the accompaniments.

William Moffitt, Installation Food Program manager, describes the annual feast as the “Super Bowl” of meals for the installation.

“More than 400 food service employees prepare, and then serve the meal, with unit commanders,” he said. “We provide nearly 12,000 meals during the lunch celebration and more than 30,000 meals total throughout the day.”

Moffitt said it’s great to see everyone enjoy the meal, and he is proud to serve with the team that provided more than 11,500,000 meals to military service members this year.

Soldiers in training at Fort Leonard Wood enjoy a well-earned Thanksgiving Day meal on post. U.S. Army photo by Marti Yoshida/Released
Soldiers in training at Fort Leonard Wood are given the opportunity to partake in the snack table at the dining hall Nov. 22. Photo by Marti Yoshida/Released
Unit commanders at Fort Leonard Wood serve Soldiers the Thanksgiving feast Nov. 22. Photo by Marti Yoshida/Released