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Be thankful this holiday season

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  • By Senior Airman Otis Williams
  • 451st Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain assistant
Thanksgiving Day in the United States occurs annually on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. On this day, most people traditionally prepare a meal or feast with turkey being the main dish all while giving thanks in some type of fashion. However, this year's Thanksgiving will be different for all of us being deployed.

During this time, people plan to have some type of festive activity to try to bring that "homey" feeling you normally would have if you were with your family. In past experiences, while being deployed, dining facilities and force support flights attempt to make this happen.

DFACS play a part during Thanksgiving by providing foods that would traditionally be served during the holiday, foods such as turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and more. Usually, when entering a DFAC, decorations with images of turkeys, pilgrims and orange, yellow and brown colors would be displayed and maybe even music playing softly in the background. Hopefully, we all get to experience these things this Thanksgiving.

The force support flight occasionally will put on events or even provide a meal of some sort depending on the logistics and what's going on around base. Normally, FSF would show movies that have a thanksgiving theme, such as "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "Home for the Holidays". This year on Kandahar Airfield, they will be offering a Turkey Trot 5K run or walk, open to all services in celebration of Thanksgiving.

This year take the time to give thanks, for someone or something that has impacted your life. Reflect on past circumstances that ended well and also the ones that seemed bad but turned out to work in your favor in the end. There are truly many things to be thankful for this year; in fact, I thank God for providing me the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.