Ocean Springs man serves up turkey feast for 58 Keesler Airmen - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Ocean Springs man serves up turkey feast for 58 Keesler Airmen

Some airmen ate crawfish for the first time. (Photo source: WLOX News) Some airmen ate crawfish for the first time. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Folks cooking crawfish as part of the Thanksgiving meal. (Photo source: WLOX News) Folks cooking crawfish as part of the Thanksgiving meal. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The day was a way for the airmen to take part in fellowship. (Photo source: WLOX News) The day was a way for the airmen to take part in fellowship. (Photo source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

For many, being in the military may mean spending time away home on Thanksgiving Day. 

In the spirit of giving, one Ocean Springs man hopes to remedy homesickness by opening his doors to airmen at Keesler Air Force base. 

Bobby Walker welcomed them into his home to dine on a turkey meal Thursday afternoon. 

For the airmen at Keesler Air Force Base this isn't home, but it's a good substitute especially on Thanksgiving. This year, close to 60 airmen were welcomed to his home. 

"I think right now I've already outgrown my house and I have a buddy that says I can use his," said Walker. 

From turkey to crawfish, the young men and women didn't just eat a turkey dinner, they got a taste of southern cuisine. 

"I have an eclectic palate. So I like to try new things, but southern food is just full flavored and I love it," said Airman First Class Cody Kosmerick.

Walker's friends and local businesses helped make the meal possible. 

"The Fillin' Station and places like that In The Zone, Gulf Coast Produce, they all chipped together. When you have a lot of businesses that can help you do something like this, you can take care of a group of people," said Walker. 

As the service men and women fill up on the feast, Walker has a sense of pride knowing he's giving back to those who are serving our country. "This is our future. These are the people that are gonna be out there on the front lines protecting us one way or the other," he explained. 

"It makes me feel good that someone is actually out there that would support us like this especially during the holidays," said Airman E2 Kevin Zuck.

"He didn't have to do this for us and he still did. It's just an amazing thing," said Airman First Class Madison Lemaire. 

Knowing not many would open their homes like Walker did, the airmen have a lot to be grateful for. 

Walker's act of kindness is part of Keesler's Home Away from Home program, which allows active duty, retired and civil service personnel to host non-prior service Airmen at their homes and serve them a Thanksgiving meal.

Walker said anyone interested in hosting airmen for Thanksgiving can contact the Chaplin at Keesler Air Force Base. 

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Jackson Elementary School will NOT be closing next school year

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:57:38 GMT
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...More >>
  • Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi universities

    Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi schools

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:23:05 GMT
    In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)In-state undergraduate students in Mississippi can expect a rise from $303 to $7,805 in tuition. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>

    Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall.

    More >>
  • Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Mississippi receives $3.58M grant to fight opioid crisis

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:55 PM EDT2018-04-19 19:55:01 GMT

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>

    The State of Mississippi has been awarded a $3.58 million grant to fight the opioid crisis, as announced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly