For trainees, first taste of basic doesn’t disappoint

Photo By Senior Airman Victoriya Tarakanova | Trainee Tam Tran, 934th Airlift Wing Development and Training Flight trainee, inspects the contents of his meal ready-to-eat at the D&TF building at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota, March 5, 2023. After completing his initial entry training, Tran will join the 934th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoriya Tarakanova)



Story by Senior Airman Victoriya Tarakanova 

934th Airlift Wing Public Affairs 

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn. — Nine 934th Airlift Wing trainees assigned to the 934th Development & Training Flight had their first meals ready-to-eat to prepare for basic training on March 5, 2023.

The MRE is a self-contained individual United States military ration and it is intended for use by American service members in combat or field conditions where food is unavailable.

The trainees were part of the 934 AW D&TF, a program that prepares members of the Air Force Reserve for basic military training. Trainees stay in the D&TF program for 3-4 months on average, attending monthly training on base during unit training assembly weekends until their “ship date” when they leave for BMT. The training focuses on drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, and physical fitness, all of which are evaluated at BMT.

“It will help prepare them for when they go to PACER FORGE down at BMT because they have to get issued MREs, so they can see exactly what they’re like,” said Tech. Sgt. Carl Bostic, 934 AW D&TF coordinator. “That way, they know how to heat them up and everything.”

Having heard stories about MREs before trying them, trainees were pleasantly surprised by the taste and variety of the MRE contents.

“I thought it was going to be way worse,” said Trainee Sawyer Klotzbuecher. “It just tastes like canned meatballs; it wasn’t too bad.”

Some trainees were especially impressed, even asking to eat the unfinished components of others’ snacks.

“This is some great food,” said Trainee Tam Tran. “I could eat this for the rest of my life.”

An MRE package contains everything needed: utensils, napkins, and a heating unit that allows meals to be heated. The quality and intent behind MREs also were noticed by the trainees.

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