Nightly News | November 28, 2013
>> turkey being served up for our troops overseas tonight too. tens of thousands are serving another thanksgiving in afghanistan far from home , far from their families, for most of them it will likely be the last thanksgiving there before coming home . as the u.s. prepares to withdraw most troops by next summer. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in afghanistan tonight.
>> reporter: good evening, kate . there are still about 45,000 u.s. troops here in afghanistan and today just feeding them was a military operation in itself. 70,000 pounds of turkey, 55,000 pounds of beef, 20,000 pies. but for the soldiers on outposts like this one it was a welcome break . at fire base , one of the last american out posts in the mountains of eastern afghanistan .
>> happy thanksgiving .
>> reporter: thanksgiving started with a turkey trot . at 5:45 a.m . 3.2-steep miles. they call it the climb to glory. hard, harder still carrying 80 pounds of mortars. the winner was brian campbell , that's him in blue, 24 from maple grove , minnesota. even better than climb to glory bragging rights for campbell , promotion to first lieutenant. chaos company tenth mountain division took a down day. gym time. poker. and volleyball.
>> happy thanksgiving .
>> reporter: at noon sharp, chow. turkey and ham. stuffing and side. in an old military tradition , commanders served the lower ranks.
>> i said put me some meat on my plate.
>> reporter: we caught up with lieutenant campbell again and found out why he is in such great shape. he has been training for his wedding reception .
>> i got a wedding coming up when i get back home. had to get ready for that honeymoon body.
>> reporter: campbell married kelsey last year. he proposed on thanksgiving . but he deployed two months later. they never had the party.
>> this was our last night together.
>> reporter: a tough night?
>> yeah, it was a tough one.
>> reporter: kelsey is starting a new job as a nurse. the late shift. so she is not having a thanksgiving this year just a phone call . the troops today got a taste of home in the war zone . that at least for a little while didn't much feel like one. and kate , for the soldiers here when the sun comes up in a few hours there will be no post-holiday shopping, no leftovers, no turkey sandwiches. it's back to the mission, back to the war. kate .
>> richard engel in afghanistan . we thank them for their service.