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I learned to love SOS poured over eggs on toast. Never could get enough of it at midnight chow.

As for the often touted Navy chow, I found it to be disappointing and second to Air Force chow, at least when it was still prepared by AF cooks. All in all, the real problem I found with all branches of military chow was the repetitiveness. It just got old after a while, no matter how good.
 

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Donuts...what else?
 
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Some of the best food, in the USAF any way, was in hospital dining facilities. Not what they served the patients, but what the fed the docs and nurses and all. Highly restricted, you had to be attached to the hospital to eat there.

Then there was the heyday of the 70s, when even the Army served up some good food to keep the all volunteer force happy. At Presidio of Monterrey in '73,'74 it was grilled steaks on Friday, along with beer in the chow hall.
When I went back there in '77, it was a whole other story....
 

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Some of the best food, in the USAF any way, was in hospital dining facilities. Not what they served the patients, but what the fed the docs and nurses and all. Highly restricted, you had to be attached to the hospital to eat there.

Then there was the heyday of the 70s, when even the Army served up some good food to keep the all volunteer force happy. At Presidio of Monterrey in '73,'74 it was grilled steaks on Friday, along with beer in the chow hall.
When I went back there in '77, it was a whole other story....
Fairchild AFB used to have steak and crab leg Fridays in the chow hall--late '70s. It also had a birthday dinner every month for the enlisted troops and a date. The base colonels and chiefs performed waiter duties, including pouring wine for each party. All involved thoroughly enjoyed the events.

All that, unfortunately, went away. I can remember many a poor airman & and young wife enjoying a bit of Air Force Special once a year.
 

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C-rats. Meals which included pound cake were the prize. Ham and eggs were the hands-down worst, followed by spiced beef. Spaghetti was my personal favorite.
 

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During my active duty years (1968-1972) the Army mess halls drew rations and supplies based on a "head count" sheet, how many troops actually ate each meal. While in Vietnam I spent several months on a Marine compound where I learned that the Navy (and Marine component) drew rations and supplies based upon assigned unit strength. Big difference at the mess halls!

Army mess: Breakfast of powdered eggs, powdered milk, dry toast, maybe a little canned fruit.
Marine mess: Breakfast of eggs cooked to order, sausage or bacon (or both), biscuits & gravy, hashbrowns, choice of juices, fresh fruit.

Army mess: Lunch of mystery meat with dead bread, maybe some canned green beans, powdered milk.
Marine mess: Lunch of your choice of two meat courses, potatoes or rice, two or three vegetables, bread & butter, cake or pie.

Army mess: Supper of mystery meat with dead bread, maybe some canned carrots, powdered milk.
Marine mess: Supper of your choice of two or three main courses, two or three potatoes or rice dishes, two or three vegetables, bread, butter, desserts, all the milk you cared to drink.

Absolutely loved the Navy open mess at China Beach! Steaks cooked to order, fresh seafood, fresh fruits, half-dozen desserts, ice cream, fresh omelets for breakfast, biscuits & sausage gravy, eat until you bust your gut then take another trip through the chow line.

In the field, nothing but C-rations (hardly worth describing as food). I was relatively popular because my family kept me well supplied with canned Danish hams, summer sausage, hard salami, and hundreds of packages of Kool-Aid (made the water halfway palatable).

I remember receiving resupply in the field, cases of C-rations. I had to stand guard to make sure everyone was allowed equal choices, otherwise there would be nothing left for some guys but the "ham and claymores" and all the peanut butter & jelly cans would be rifled through before anyone could blink an eye. Occasionally they would send out "marmite" cans (like a big thermos box) filled with ice cream, which would usually be about room temperature before it arrived in the bush.

Beer was seldom a problem. $2.40 per case at any PX. Cold beer was always a problem, so we had to become creative. Outside of the major headquarters bases there was little or no refrigeration, no ice to be had. CO-2 fire extinguishers were kept under lock and key to keep us from using those to chill our beer. At one base we were located on the South China Sea so I could sink a 6-pack in a sandbag underwater for a couple hours to cool it off. At another base we had underground bunkers (8-10 feel underground) so we dug under the bunker floors and buried our beer to cool it off. At one time we were near a Marine air base and worked a deal to have the Marine aviators take 6 or 7 cases up to altitude in a F4 Phantom until it was fully chilled, then we took half and they kept half.

Somehow I make it through. I seriously doubt anyone's plan for standing between an American GI and a cold beer for very long.
 

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Midrats on Eisenhower was always sliders and beans washed down with bug juice. We would play "faux wine connoisseur" with the bug juice. We would go through all the wine tasting motions and say something like, "Ah, the red bug juice! A fruity aroma with a smooth palate and a crisp finish."

One night a sailor got caught urinating in the bug juice in the aviator's mess. He was court martialed.
 

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I fondly recall some of the meals served to us by the SeeBees at Diego in the mid 70s, after all they were very, very appreciative of us bringing mail from home.
 

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Midrats on Eisenhower was always sliders and beans washed down with bug juice. We would play "faux wine connoisseur" with the bug juice. We would go through all the wine tasting motions and say something like, "Ah, the red bug juice! A fruity aroma with a smooth palate and a crisp finish."

One night a sailor got caught urinating in the bug juice in the aviator's mess. He was court martialed.
A positive commentary on disciplinary procedures and compliance therewith by the crew! Under normal human conditions the sailor would probably not survive to be court martialed. I hope that sailor remembers just how much he owes to his chain of command.
 

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Midrats on Eisenhower was always sliders and beans washed down with bug juice. We would play "faux wine connoisseur" with the bug juice. We would go through all the wine tasting motions and say something like, "Ah, the red bug juice! A fruity aroma with a smooth palate and a crisp finish."

One night a sailor got caught urinating in the bug juice in the aviator's mess. He was court martialed.
Forgot all about big juice. God for cleaning the griddle too.
 

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Some of the best food, in the USAF any way, was in hospital dining facilities. Not what they served the patients, but what the fed the docs and nurses and all. Highly restricted, you had to be attached to the hospital to eat there.

Then there was the heyday of the 70s, when even the Army served up some good food to keep the all volunteer force happy. At Presidio of Monterrey in '73,'74 it was grilled steaks on Friday, along with beer in the chow hall.
When I went back there in '77, it was a whole other story....
My kid, who is a USAF Captain and Aviator, in was out at Nellis AFB for Red Flag.....in 2019..... Anyway, he was complaining about his Crew being shuttled to a Casino for Housing.He also complained about the Food Allowance Tickets tha AF gave them to EAT at the Casino Dining Rooms.... Talk about "OMG the Horror of it all" Geeeeze.... he doesn't even know what the other Branches go thru PLUS he eats well while at the Base Facilities...( Barksdale) ....Cept for when he went thru SERE School... LOL......Ohhhh the Horror!
 
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