Fort Leonard Wood is serving about 35,000 of Thanksgiving meals throughout today. More than 300 food service workers have been busy preparing the meals for America’s heroes and their families.

Photo courtesy of Fort Leonard Wood

Senior leaders, drill sergeants and platoon sergeants serve soldiers in training a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the base.

“This is the best meal of the year and a big team effort not only by food service provider and staff but from vendors providing product to the involvement of each brigade and branch of service,” says William Moffitt, Installation Food Program manager. “Seeing team Fort Leonard Wood come together and put on an event this size surpassing the size of any city in the local area is a great thing to witness. The Army and each branch of service who train on Fort Leonard Wood celebrate this day with high regard.”

Food service workers are making five tons of turkey, 1,100 pounds of shrimp, 3,500 pounds of beef and a variety of more than 2,000 pies for today’s meals.