Troops in Iraq Get Beer for the Super Bowl

by David Lauterbach
2009 February 1
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U.S. troops in Iraq will be allowed to drink two beers apiece for the Super Bowl, after the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, issued a waiver of the U.S. military’s strict prohibition on alcohol imbibing in the war zone.

The Army’s 4th Infantry Division ordered 3,034 cases of beer, and Multi-National Force-Iraq ordered 12,207 cases, including Coors Light, Guinness Draught, Heineken, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Budweiser and Bud Light.

Although no beer went to Afghanistan, where the brief waiver apparently does not apply, troops in Afghanistan are getting some of the 2,000 pizzas sent by the nonprofit group Pizzas 4 Patriots, in an effort led by retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Evans.

I’m sure there are other reasons, but the ban on alcohol in war zones is also heavily rooted in not offending Muslim host nations.

Kick-off is 2 p.m. Iraq time.

Read the full story at Army Times.

Pardon us while we pay for beer...

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