Pizza 4 Patriots Delivers Slice of Home

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Uday Kumar, a contractor with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, pulls pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, from galley ovens, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Uday Kumar, a contractor with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, pulls pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, from galley ovens, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Mahdi Hussein Ainan, a DHL Express driver, waits by his truck after delivering frozen pizzas donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Mahdi Hussein Ainan, a DHL Express driver, waits by his truck after delivering frozen pizzas donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, unload boxes of frozen pizza donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program into a refrigerated conex storage unit for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, unload boxes of frozen pizza donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program into a refrigerated conex storage unit for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, move boxes of frozen pizza donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, move boxes of frozen pizza donated by the Pizzas-4-Patriots program for Camp Lemonnier's Veterans Day festivities, October 25, 2010. Soccer balls and single serving packets of fruit punch powder also made the holiday shipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, donated 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers of Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered the pizzas as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, donated 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers of Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered the pizzas as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Ensign Timothy Blank, Camp Lemonnier base operating services contracting officer, serves himself one of 1,000 pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Ensign Timothy Blank, Camp Lemonnier base operating services contracting officer, serves himself one of 1,000 pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kat McDowell)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Francis Naboa, right, and Uday Kumar, both contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, cut up pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Francis Naboa, right, and Uday Kumar, both contractors with PAE, a Lockheed Martin Company, cut up pizzas donated by Pizza-4-Patriots, a non-profit organization, October 27, 2010. With help from DHL, a global shipping company, Pizzas-4-Patriots delivered 1,000 pizzas to servicemembers at Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as part of Operation World Pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Kat McDowell)

Service members aboard Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, were treated to a slice of home October 27, 2010, when Chicago-style pizzas were served up at the Camp dining facilities.

The non-profit organization Pizza 4 Patriots sent 1,000 pizzas to honor the service of the men and women of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier. The organization has sent more than 46,000 pizzas to U.S. military personnel overseas.

"Our service members are making a huge difference in promoting security and regional stability, providing humanitarian assistance and preventing conflict in areas you don't hear about on the evening news," said retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Mark Evans, Pizza 4 Patriots founder.

Service members greatly appreciated the pizzas, provided by Romeoville, Illinois-base Great Kitchens.

"The pizza was very tasty and brought a good change-of-pace to our dining menu," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Melissa Kappenman, Communications Directorate administration noncommissioned officer in charge. "Thank you Pizza 4 Patriots for bringing a slice of home to Djibouti."

"As the commander of CJTF-HOA, I extend the task force's deep appreciation for this generous and thoughtful donation," said Rear Admiral Bryan Losey. "It's humbling to have Americans such as retired Master Sergeant Evans initiate a project such as this and we're please he's reaching out to the men and women in East Africa who do great work on behalf of U.S. Arica Command."

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