FOOD JUSTICE: Undercooked, Tainted Food for Nat. Guard Soldiers In DC Should Be Investigated

Posted by on March 2, 2021 6:03 am
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Washington DC looks like an occupied city under military control with what seems to be miles of barbed wire, with our nation’s patriotic men and women in uniform patrolling the US Capitol and US Supreme Court to keep the safety of our civil servants.

Yet there are numerous stories about our bravest being mistreated by politicians, including a recent story about tainted food given to our service members, which should be investigated.

Senator Gary Peters released a statement and posted a statement from the National Gaurd about poorly cooked food.

The National Guard statement reads:

The Michigan National Guard finds the reports of undercooked and poorly prepared food provided to our service members in Washington, D.C., very concerning. The firsthand accounts and pictures of undercooked food being served clearly show that what is being given to Michigan’s service members is unacceptable. As soon as the first reports were received, Governor Gretchen Whitmer called Acting Secretary of the Army John E. Whitley to communicate Michigan’s concerns. Other Michigan senior leaders also engaged at the highest levels of the federal government to inform those in charge and to ensure that they knew of our displeasure with the conditions. Every assurance was given that the issue would be addressed and corrected.

The Post Inaugural Security Mission is a multi-state task force, including Michigan’s 1000 personnel, under the command and control of the Washington D.C. National Guard. A decision was made by the leadership in Washington, D.C., to provide contracted meal service for the troops there. This contract was awarded and is monitored by the National Guard Bureau. Michigan’s Adjutant General has communicated all concerns directly to the Chief of the National Guard, General Daniel R. Hokanson, who has engaged in addressing the reported shortcomings of the current food service contract.

The health and wellbeing of our Michigan National Guard service members are paramount to their success as they continue to serve in missions in the United States and around the globe. Senior leaders of the Michigan National Guard will remain personally engaged with this issue and will continue to push for accountability and a solution to the ill-prepared meals being served.

The troops are scheduled to return back to Michigan shortly after March 12, the agreed-upon end date for this deployment.

Michigan News, WXYZ reported:

A whistleblower is telling 7 Action News nearly 75 meals were thrown out Sunday after metal shavings were found, other meals showed up undercooked making soldiers sick.

A staff sergeant with the Michigan National Guard, whose identity 7 Action News is protecting, says the problem is not isolated.

“Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” the sergeant said. “Just yesterday, the lunches were, soldiers had found metal shavings in their food.”

Undercooked meat made over 12 service members sick enough to need medical care.

According to the news source from a recording, the whistleblower said, “They said alright, we’re going to make sure we spot check them. And we’re also going to start having them add temperatures to it,” the whistleblower said. “At 140, you cook that chicken, undercook it to 140, and now you’re telling… you’re telling us that it’s… a 30-minute drive. This is what they say on the little placard that’s (inaudible) good for four hours. No, it’s not. It wasn’t good from the start, and now it’s had hours to become even more dangerous.”

The situation is so bad that soldiers are now paying for the own food.

The anonymous sergeant provided another update to WXYZ, saying, “Now after the raw meat yesterday for dinner, they have told us not to eat the meals for the next two days and are giving us MRE’s instead. Soldiers are now paying for all their meals for the next two days in order to get real food.”

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