Airmen treated to a Christmas feast

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Airman Casey Hutcheson prepare to serve Christmas Day dinner at the Gingko Tree Dining Facility at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Dec. 25, 2009. Secretary Donley met with Airmen assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force and South Korean airmen during his two-day trip to the peninsula. Airman Hutcheson is assigned to the 51st Force Support Squadron at Osan AB.(U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Chris Hoyler)

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Airman Casey Hutcheson prepare to serve Christmas Day dinner at the Gingko Tree Dining Facility at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Dec. 25, 2009. Secretary Donley met with Airmen assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force and South Korean airmen during his two-day trip to the peninsula. Airman Hutcheson is assigned to the 51st Force Support Squadron at Osan AB.(U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Chris Hoyler)

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley serves Christmas Day dinner at the Gingko Tree Dining Facility at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Secretary Donley met with Airmen assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force and South Korean airmen during his two-day trip to the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Chris Hoyler)

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley serves Christmas Day dinner at the Gingko Tree Dining Facility at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Secretary Donley met with Airmen assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force and South Korean airmen during his two-day trip to the peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Chris Hoyler)

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The secretary of the Air Force served a Christmas meal to Airmen at Osan Air Base, South Korea, during his visit to the Air Force's installations in Korea Dec. 24-25.

Secretary Michael Donley met with Airmen during a tour to Osan and Kunsan AB, where he also had a chance see firsthand improvements being made to the installations that serve to support one of the Air Force's top priorities - taking care of Airmen and their families. As part of his visit, Secretary Donley donned a chef's hat and apron to help serve members at Osan's Gingko Tree Dining Facility.

"The Air Force food service team goes above and beyond to provide Airmen and their families throughout the world a traditional Christmas feast. Even though many of our Airmen are deployed or assigned away from their family and friends, our food service professionals bring 'a taste of home,'" said Frederick McKenney, chief of the Air Force Services Agency's Food and Beverage Division in San Antonio.

Christmas meals are served to deployed warfighters as well as at installations throughout the world featuring first-class cuisine and creative presentations. Food service professionals prepared more than 75,000 pounds of turkey, 15,000 pounds of ham and 30,000 pounds of beef plus all the trimmings for military personnel, their family members, retirees and guests, according to Mr. McKenney.