Eggs back on the menu for US soldiers
It is now possible for deployed
US troops in Baghdad to once again enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast after the
nutritious staple was banned from Iraq for one year.
Blackantem Military News reports that after receiving many
requests from Soldiers and the command group, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sabrina
Nero, command food advisor, took it upon herself to find a way to once again get
fresh eggs on the menu.
Nero discovered that fresh eggs
that originated in Kuwait were banned in Iraq after a bird flu outbreak in March
2007. "I read the memorandum from the state department and found a technicality
that would allow eggs back into Iraq," she explained. "The technicality was that
the Iraqi government didn't want poultry products shipped into Iraq that had
originated from Kuwait."
Nero approached the food safety
officer and received a list of all the approved sources where they could source
eggs outside of Kuwait. She pieced together the necessary paperwork for a
proposal to utilise alternative sources of fresh eggs and poultry products from
other countries surrounding Iraq.
She submitted a proposal to her
chain of command. Initially there was some hesitation as to whether or not to
accept the proposal because all food products were shipped through Kuwait; but
in the end, she got a green light from all levels and eggs began to roll into
Her efforts not only affected
Iraq but also Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries where US troops were
"The eggs give me more motivation
to wake up in the morning and get some chow," said Pfc. Manuel Silvas.
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