No Place Like Home

This note tonight, from Camp Taji in Iraq -- where it's just like home (complete with fast-food eateries and workout facilities) and so not at all like home.

While the atmosphere at the dining facility was festive, it just wasn't the same as being home for many Soldiers who said they would rather have been watching the Thanksgiving Day parade - or a Thanksgiving NFL game - with family and friends.

"All of the decorations make me miss my family that much more," said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Sanchez, Company D, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, a native of Dallas. Sanchez has spent three of the last four Thanksgivings in Iraq. "It's a time of year you really want to be home."

The 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment is based out of Fort Hood. --Robert Wilonsky

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