Goodfellow serves Thanksgiving dinner

Base leadership serves service members for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. The leadership-served Thanksgiving meal is an annual tradition to boost morale for those who cannot spend the day with their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Base leadership serves service members for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. The leadership-served Thanksgiving meal is an annual tradition to boost morale for those who cannot spend the day with their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, carves meat for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. Service members had a choice of turkey, ham and beef as well as a variety of sides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, carves meat for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. Service members had a choice of turkey, ham and beef as well as a variety of sides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Antonio Rigonan, 17th Training Wing, provides an opening prayer for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. Base leadership took turns serving service members, retirees and dependents for Thanksgiving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Antonio Rigonan, 17th Training Wing, provides an opening prayer for Thanksgiving at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. Base leadership took turns serving service members, retirees and dependents for Thanksgiving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Cressman Dining Facility management pose for a photo at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. The employees spent part of their day serving Thanksgiving meals to Goodfellow service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Cressman Dining Facility management pose for a photo at the Cressman Dining Facility on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 24, 2016. The employees spent part of their day serving Thanksgiving meals to Goodfellow service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Commanders and senior enlisted leaders spent part of their Thanksgiving Day serving retirees, service members and family members holiday meals at Cressman Dining Facility Nov. 24.

Leadership served the meals to show support for the individuals who spent their Thanksgiving away from home.

“I know that this Thanksgiving is the first that many of our newest service members spend away from their families,” said Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander. “This is why we came to the dining facility today, we want to show them they are part of a bigger family now, the 17th Training Wing family.”

Airman Jacob Shnider, 312th Training Squadron student said he appreciated the Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Shnider. “It’s definitely warming. It makes you think that people care, it’s awesome.”

Goodfellow leadership provides this Thanksgiving meal annually to boost holiday morale.