CASPER, Wyo. — Nutrition plays an important role in keeping the nation’s military healthy and fit for service. That can be tricky to manage when soldiers spend weeks and months away from a kitchen or mess hall. Enter military rations.
Military rations have undergone many changes since the times of the Continental Army thanks to research into nutrition and advances in technology. Those changes and how rations have improved over the years will be the subject of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 18.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the museum, at 3740 Jourgensen Ave. in Casper, will welcome the public to the free, drop-in program aimed at elementary-age children. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.
The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum preserves and shares the memory and legacy of Wyoming’s veterans. It shares their stories and accomplishments from the Spanish-American War to the Global War on Terror, according to its website.
Besides veteran’s history, the museum preserves and shares the history of the Casper Army Air Base. CAAB trained B-17 and B-24 combat crews during the Second World War. Between 16,000 and 18,000 trainees passed through Casper before seeing service overseas. After the war, CAAB transformed into the modern Casper/Natrona County International Airport and served as a regional Air National Guard base.