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Red Bulls caught with hands in cookie jar

COB BASRA, Iraq " Soldiers on Contingency Operating Base Basra were delighted and eager to tear open buckets of Sweet Martha's cookies and dunk them in fresh milk, all courtesy of a joint-effort with the Blue Star Mothers of America and the Exchange Clubs of Minnesota to send a holiday treat to those deployed during the holidays

A taste of home

Eyes lit up as Soldiers of the 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division popped the lids off of the familiar buckets and told their counterparts who had never had a Sweet Martha about the famous cookies, and how a trip to the Minnesota State Fair just isn't the same without them 

Since many Soldiers were deployed to Iraq during the fair this year, they were grateful to sink their teeth into something unique to Minnesota and to share that experience with others

Chief Warrant Officer Krystal Jancze, a Portland, Ore native, initially turned down a box of cookies When she realized they were from Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar, a wide grin spread across her face and she quickly changed her mind

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"She was really ecstatic about the cookies," said Sgt. 1st Class Angela Amundson "She even warmed them up and had lots of milk"

"Real milk?"

After living so long without fresh milk, the concept really surprised most Soldiers, who stared in disbelief "Is it still good?" they wondered  But after sipping on freshly poured cups of ice-cold milk, the general consensus was "Mmm "¦ I haven't tasted real milk for so long!"

Thanks to Kwik Trip and Carbonic Continental of Burnsville, who had donated and packaged 300 gallons in dry ice, Soldiers were able to drink real milk in Iraq It was an unexpected treat they were eager and grateful to receive Especially during the holidays, when it is harder than usual to be so far away from home, it feels like a luxury to dunk a Sweet Martha cookie into a glass of real milk

29 Dec, 2009
By Spc Stephanie Cassinos
Multi-National Division " South Public Affairs
StephanieCassinos@IraqCentcomMil

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