- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The soldiers of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade were able to eat Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Bragg.

Media outlets report that this time last year, 700 troops from the brigade were deployed to Afghanistan. Wednesday, they got to celebrate in the comforts of Fort Bragg.

Many soldiers, like Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Hartmann, say the experience from last year makes this holiday much better.

Dining facility manager Sgt. 1st Class Mark Peebles says the meal was the biggest of the year for Army cooks. The menu featured turkey, Cornish game hen, ham, collard greens, cranberry sauce and more. Peebles said the dining facility expected to feed 500 soldiers and civilians.

Brig. Gen. Brian Winski says the Army tries to make the holiday special, no matter where soldiers are stationed.

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