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Members of the 911th Maintenance Group help themselves to a home-cooked meal prepared by members of the 911th Airlift Wing Safety Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2019. The meal was prepared on behalf of the group leadership and the Key Spouse Organization in appreciation of the tireless dedication the members have shown while being away from loved ones while they work away from home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Members of the 911th Maintenance Group help themselves to a home-cooked meal prepared by members of the 911th Airlift Wing Safety Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2019. The meal was prepared on behalf of the group leadership and the Key Spouse Organization in appreciation of the tireless dedication the members have shown while being away from loved ones while they work away from home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Richard Oram, occupational safety manager with the 911th Airlift Wing Safety Office, shows off his grilling skills while preparing a home-cooked meal for members of the 911th Maintenance Group who are on a temporary duty assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2019. The meal was prepared on behalf of the group leadership and the Key Spouse Organization in appreciation of the tireless dedication the members have shown while being away from loved ones while they work away from home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Richard Oram, occupational safety manager with the 911th Airlift Wing Safety Office, shows off his grilling skills while preparing a home-cooked meal for members of the 911th Maintenance Group who are on a temporary duty assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2019. The meal was prepared on behalf of the group leadership and the Key Spouse Organization in appreciation of the tireless dedication the members have shown while being away from loved ones while they work away from home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

For many folks who are away from home, a simple home-cooked meal could be just what the doctor ordered to raise their spirits.

That’s exactly what members from the 911th Airlift Wing Safety Office tried to do by bringing a home-cooked meal to 911th AW Airmen who are currently on a temporary duty assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on behalf of the 911th AW Key Spouse Organization and 911th Maintenance Group leadership.

“We wanted to show our appreciation for their tireless dedication while being away from their loved ones,” said Amanda Lindsey, representative of the 911th AW Key Spouse Organization.

The Airmen were able to enjoy haluski with kielbasa, which are traditional Polish dishes common in the Pittsburgh region, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, stuffed cabbage and a variety of homemade pies.

The meal was greatly appreciated by the members who were able to take part during their TDY.

“Getting a home-cooked meal while TDY out here was one of the kindest things anyone could have done,” said Tech. Sgt. Ashley Wiley, aircraft structural maintenance technician with the 911th Maintenance Squadron. “We’re out here for two weeks a month and working 12-hour shifts and not many things are open before and after work, so you’re not always able to get a decent meal.”

The home-cooked meal is just one way the base organizations can make sure our members are taken care of while also helping boost morale.

“There were a lot of us who put forth a lot of effort to make this happen,” said Richard Oram occupational safety manager with the 911th AW Safety Office. “It was well worth it for sure. The food was devoured! It was great to bring them a taste of home.”