There are obviously a number of things that soldiers deployed overseas miss about home, but there's one request that Jeremy Whitsitt of the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center has heard over and over again.
"Since the dawn of time... pizza has been one of the most requested and sought-after components in an MRE," Whitsitt told Military Times. "We're finally cracking the code in getting the crust and the cheese and the meat to all live happily in a pouch for three years, without refrigeration."
MRE stands for Meal Ready to Eat, the meals in a pouch that the military started using to feed soldiers out of reach of a kitchen (or even a flame) in the 1980s to replace canned meals. In addition to maintaining the feel and flavor of pizza for more than 1,000 days, Natick's staff also told WBUR that these pizzas will be available for delivery into combat zones -- via parachute or a 50-foot drop from a helicopter.Related stories