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One For The Troops


This year, troops in Iraq will get something they have never been able to have; beer. On February 1st and 2nd, Soldiers will be allotted two 12-ounce beers each for Super Bowl XLIII. General Raymond Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, signed the waiver on Wednesday allowing Soldiers to drink alcohol which comes as a big surprise as all members of the military are banned from alcohol while serving in combat zones such as Iraq.

Having served 15 months in Iraq, I can understand how Soldiers feel regarding the banning of alcohol. It is ridiculous. It’s a common misconception that alcohol is illegal in Iraq and that’s why we aren’t allowed to consume it, but it isn’t. The truth is that it is only banned under Islam. In fact, there are actually Christian areas in Iraq and they drink and you can even find liquor stores… although the extremists aren’t happy about it. Solution? Send Voltron over.

Thinking back to last years’ Super Bowl, I think beer would have made it a bit better. Instead, I sat at the chow hall with a few near-beers … aka Coors Non-Alcoholic. As you can probably guess, it just didn’t hit the spot.

The waiver orders commanders to “keep in mind all host nation laws and customs regarding alcohol consumption” and “to exercise discretion and good judgement in enforcing these guidelines and restrictions.” Yea .. ok. Have fun guys, enjoy your beer, and make it home safe.


  1. Alan Kropf | Friday, January 9, 2009

    Yes Chuck! I would suggest Sam Adams Utopias, at 27 abv, “2 beers” will go a long way…

  2. Chuck P. | Friday, January 9, 2009

    What are the choices for beer? I would suggest the highest alcohol content possible and make it count.

  3. jbinthesun | Friday, January 9, 2009

    About time!!
    Good job Ray…sir.

  4. Alan Kropf | Friday, January 9, 2009

    Yes, only a fool would tell the dudes in this photo that they can’t have a beer…

  5. George Skorka | Saturday, January 10, 2009

    Once upon the time in 1992 I was able to get for my crew /cooks/ in the Hotel Intercontinental in New York the daily allotment to drink the imported beer not some cheap domestic crap…/it was before the revolution of Allagosh and it’s family/
    We had by contract to drink 2 beers a day and therefore the food was good. Time has changed this great tradition there too. No more beers alloved.
    Winning a war or making good food has the same recipe: Let’s have it twice a day…
    Bravo General Raymond Odierno.

  6. Brian Kropf | Saturday, January 10, 2009

    @George .. very cool.

    I was in Tikrit and we had access to Coors NA, St Pauli Girl NA, and some german NA .. but it’s just not the same [not to mention it tastes like poo]. A little beer here or there would have been great. My first LEGAL beer was 6 months after I turned 21 on the flight home from Iraq lol.

  7. Alan Kropf | Monday, January 12, 2009

    Great story George! I can see how beer would help morale and thus improve quality! It certainly does here at Mutineer HQ.

  8. Julie | Monday, January 12, 2009

    Brian, send me that picture, that is you on the gun isn’t it?

  9. Brian | Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    The guy with the huge thing between his legs? Ya that’s me.

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