III Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder said he plans to visit as many service members as possible on Thanksgiving.
“I’m going to go to some smaller outposts around Kabul. If don’t eat with them, I’ll certainly wish them our best and say thanks,” he said during a phone interview with the Herald on Tuesday.
The Phantom Corps is in the final half of their yearlong deployment to Afghanistan to serve as the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
“On behalf of Gen. (Mark) Milley and myself and the rest of the III Corps staff, I’d like to wish all our soldiers and their families, wherever they are, a happy and safe Thanksgiving,” Schroeder said.
About 6,000 Fort Hood troops are deployed to Afghanistan and other parts of the world. A couple of weeks ago, he said he was able to visit Fort Hood soldiers in Kuwait. “No matter what time you get up in the middle of the night, there’s always an American service member in a guard tower, at the end of a radio, or in a hospital working somewhere in the world. I’m always thankful for them on Thanksgiving.”
On Sunday, more than 100 Phantom Corps soldiers returned to Fort Hood about five months earlier than anticipated — meeting III Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley’s goal to have them home for turkey with their families.
Overall, Schroeder said he is proud of the work he has seen by all of America’s service members since arriving in Afghanistan in April. “Troopers are stepping up every day,” he said. “It’s amazing what a young soldier can do when you give them a task and they are motivated.”