U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving with new family

Back home, their families are likely gathered around, watching a football game or eagerly preparing a turkey — but for those serving abroad, the traditions are a little different. 

There's a 5:30 a.m. rigorous mountain hike, a round of volleyball, and per military tradition, commanders serving the lower ranks their dinner (no turkey, but ham, stuffing and sparkling apple juice). It's a little taste of home in a war zone: