We may not have millions of dollars, but we do like to do our part to help the men and women serving in foreign countries without an abundance of bacon. In Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance, we'd be surprised if there was a pig anywhere in either country due to cultural prohibitions on our fine swine.
A couple of months ago, we got the following note from Lee R. Bowden, a Corporal stationed on a forward operating base in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq.
I’m currently stationed on a small Army forward operating post in the western part of the Al-Anbar province in Iraq with a detachment of about 60 Marines. I’m sorry to report, however, that although there are many amenities provided for us, regular access to bacon is not one of them. I would be more than ecstatic if your company would be willing to send our Detachment a donation of your finest Bacon Salt.
We knew we had to do something, so we shipped some Bacon Salt off to Lee and his detachment. Here was his response:
Gentlemen, We received your gracious gift of bacon salt today, and I must say it is well beyond my expectations. I have attached a few photos of myself and fellow Devil Dogs chowing down on some bacon salt flavored popcorn. It is my intention to never be without a bottle of such a fine deliciousness as this, regardless of meal or location. The smell and taste of bacon can make any unrecognizable, chowhall meal taste as good as the Last Supper. Once again, thank you and well done.
Since then, Bacon Salt has been deployed on board the USS Abraham Lincoln and to US Army personnel and Marines in Kuwait, South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue to hear that Bacon Salt makes an MRE ration much more edible. We're starting to collect pictures from these deployments, and will continue to share them on this blog and on our website. In the meantime, here are just a few: