News: BSB does logistics…and chicken… right!
Story by Maj. Joel Anderson
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Soldiers in the Brigade Support Battalion, primary logistics providers of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently showcased their culinary skills for the soldiers in the battalion and some of their friends and neighbors on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
First thing in the morning, the Opahey Battalion, began applying their logistical wizardry right off the bat by setting up their Containerized Kitchen Tent right out back of the battalion’s tactical operations center. Next, a select group of helpers, mainly from the brigade feeding team, spread out to the four corners of Kandahar Airfield, rounding up supplies and provisions.
What was the occasion?
“We just had quite a bit of meat [left over that] we had gotten to barbecue on the Fourth of July, but because we had a lot of people out on combat logistics patrols, as well as people fixing down equipment and running a lot of other missions, [we weren’t able to use it all],” said Capt. Leisa Murray, Support Operations Fuel and Water Officer-In-Charge. “So we thought, ‘Hey, let’s round up everyone who couldn’t take a break on Monday and let them have some tasty treats, too.’”
Those who didn’t have a chance to previously enjoy the Fourth of July greatly appreciated the gesture.
“I was moving from Forward Operating Base [FOB] Lagman to here on KAF on Sunday and Monday, so I didn’t get over here or anywhere, to have any Fourth of July feasting,” said Spc. Maria Montano, with brigade logistics. “So I’m really excited that my BSB buddies decided to throw this little party. It really made my day and I know this is really going to give a good morale boost to a lot of Arctic Wolves who have been really gettin’ after it.”
The highlight from the event was definitely the chicken.
There was also steak and sausage, but the winner, as well as crowd-pleaser, was, hands-down, the chicken. When asked if there was a secret recipe, Sgt. 1st Class Lynette Ross, BFT noncommissioned officer in charge, whispered, “If I told you, I’d have to get Special Forces after you.”
Several people in the crowd speculated about just what had gone into the “bird” to make it so tasty. Overwhelmingly, most folks said they detected just enough black pepper to add some much welcomed flavor. Other comments included, “I wish we had our cooks cooking for us every day… BSB does chicken right… DE-EEe-licious!”
All-in-all, the event was a great opportunity for Opahey Force Providers to come together with some of their friends and neighbors here on KAF. However, there was a lot more to it than just food and fun. The logisticians of 25th BSB truly know how to support the force of the Arctic Wolves…day-in and day-out, from the Last Frontier of Alaska to Freedom’s Frontier here in Afghanistan.