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Food suggestions needed for Cav Scout stationed in Afghan

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  1. bocaboca

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    My grandson is stationed at FOB Sharana, Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan. I want to send him a box of some things (thinking of food things) he cant get there. I can email him and ask him if he needs anything but I want it to be a surprise.
    So my question is: who has been there? and what did you find yourself wanting (food) that was hard to come by?

    thanks.....
     
  2. BamaBud

    BamaBud NRA Life Member

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    Never been.

    Think pork. If a local steals it, it's a sin.
     

  3. GlockViking

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    Spent some time there last summer...Very hot and the elevation is in the 7000' range. Chow hall was very good, considering the area.

    My personal suggestions...

    -- Any sort of powdered drink mixes that are for 16oz/0.5L bottles as that bottle size is EVERYWHERE there.

    - Hard candy, beef jerky, nuts (in packaging that can fit in a cargo pocket)

    - Don't send anything that can melt. There are a ton of Clif bars available in the chow halls, so unless he wants a flavor that isn't Chocolate, Peanut butter, I wouldn't send those.

    Hope that helps...hope his tour passes quickly.
     
  4. USMCgs3

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    Jerky, beef and Turkey. That's my favorite, chic-o-stick is good to go too.

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  5. Reheater

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    Beef Jerky... always Beef Jerky.

    Anything that rolls or flies outside the wire is stuck either eating MRE's or to-go plates that went cold ours before hand. I cant think of how many times about hour 4-5 of flying idiot circles out over some BSO that I wasnt raiding my bag for a stick of beef jerky.

    Id recommend Sam's Club or some other buy in bulk store and get the individually wrapped sticks. If you open a whole bag, yeah thats great the whole crew on a vehicle can pass it around but you've gotta eat it or its gonna dry out if you dont eat it fast enough.

    Another great one to have is Cup O Noodles or any of the other self contained ramen type foods that dont require you to go find a pot and a stove to make. They were great for down days to fight the hunger especially since a lot of FOBs are killing hot meals for budget and supply reasons.
     
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    I heard the Army loves Egg Omelet MRE's

    :whistling:
     
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    Sauces....hot sauce....bbq sauce ect.

    Powdered drinks mix
     
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    Tuna in foil packs and jerky. Energy. Protein and light weight.
     
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    I know its not food but, dip and cigarettes. Lots of dip and cigarettes. :D

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  11. mjkeat

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    Dip and cigs to trade with, Roman noodles, oreos, jerky, wet wipes, and encouraging letters.

    Just saw someone said tuna. I had forgot how nice it was to get those tuna packs. Awesome sauce for sure.

    I was in the same area though different fobs. Hydration was a serious matter as elevation can get up there. Lots of up and down.

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  12. Fox

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    I was there for 2010-2011, they had a very good DFAC then.

    My advise is to send venison jerky from home.
     
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    Home made venison jerky!
     
  14. mjkeat

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    What FOBs were you guys at? DFAC? At a FOB? We slept on plywood and ate local food cooked by the locals. We also **** in metal drums.
     
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    How about some good food for the brains? Send him some porn.

    Porn is like gold, if my memory served, especially in a Muslim country that ban that sort of stuff. Back in Desert Storm, I traded the Playboy issue of the Twin Peaks chick for a door gunner chicken plate, which was a lot more bulletproof than the flak jackets we were issued.
     
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    make sure to hid that stuff in the package , General order 1 gets the dumb ones that have it laying around
     
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    Went out to Orgun-E a few times...chow hall was awesome...one of the better ones in theater. I had been at BAF, the larger BCT FOBs, some Bn FOBs and had not been a fresh strawberry until we went to Orgun-E...near the end of the proverbial supply chain

    Plus, Army chow halls have much better coffee than any AF one. Coffe at the 'Deid was awful, but G-d Bless Army coffee!

    Sharana, hands down, had the CLEANEST porta-s*****rs I have ever seen! I would "drop a deuce" there in a heartbeat...just like home! :supergrin:
     
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    Things must have changed a lot. I know BAF and Kandahar had KBR handling food services. Kandahar had awesome food. They also had an Afes and a small coffee shop.

    Did you make it to Shkin? I liked that place a lot. Small and very little brass.
     
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    A quality knife would be a very nice gift.

    I like the Model 1 from Ek Commando Knife Company. http://www.ekknife.com/

    I think most soldiers would prefer the Ek Bowie as it's more of a utility/fighting knife where the Model 1 is purely a fighting knife. These knives are NOT cheap, but they're great quality and why not send the best?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIqnT8pJFz0&feature=share&list=UUHtV2SyGzgGu95jDSIZRCCQ"]Ek Model 1 Commando Knife - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE!

    If you've ever received some good hot sauce from someone, you'll pay it forward for decades to come.