Although they may be far from home and their families, U.S. troops serving overseas still get to take time out to celebrate Thanksgiving. American personnel serving in far-flung places like Kabul, Kosovo, and on board ships in the middle of the ocean, got turkey time this year, as the pictures below reveal.
In addition to turkey and trimmings, some U.S. troops got a message from President Barack Obama, who spoke with representatives from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard to express his appreciation for their service, according to CNN.
In his holiday address to the nation, Obama said: "Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, more than any other, it is uniquely American. Each of us brings our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table -- but we all share this day, united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation."
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class David Tiberio prepares food for a Thanksgiving meal on November 27, 2014 aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). Cole is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Photo: Getty Images
US soldiers wait in line during a Thanksgiving Day meal at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on November 27, 2014. The meal was served to mark the US celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Photo: AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
U.S. troops eat thanksgiving meal at a NATO base in Kabul November 27, 2014. Photo: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
US soldiers part of the NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) attend Thanksgiving lunch at US military base, Camp Bondsteel, in the village of Sojeva on November 27, 2014 , during the celebration of Thanksgiving Day.Photo: AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI
US soldiers eat a Thanksgiving Day meal at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on November 27, 2014. The meal was served to mark the US celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Photo: Getty Images / AFP /SHAH Marai
Command Master Chief Marty Barnholtz, command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), serves food to the crew during Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 2014 at sea in the Arabia Gulf . Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. Photo: Getty Images