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Combined Liberty Councils provide spouses food, fun and family

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  • By Staff Sgt. Nicholasa Reed
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Food is a common denominator. Whether its Mexican, Italian or Soul food served for birthdays, holidays or otherwise; people come together to celebrate, mourn and commemorate with food.

True to the saying "If you make it -- they will come," the Combined Liberty Councils are serving up the monthly Deployed Spouses Dinner through January.

The event offers a free meal and entertainment for spouses of deployed Liberty warriors and their children every third Thursday of the month.

The Lakenheath Chief's Group is serving this month's dinner at the Knight's Table dining facility 5 p.m. Thursday. The menu includes kid-friendly chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, as well as the Chiefs' Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs, garlic bread, salad and dessert for the adults.

October's Italian feast is an ocean away from September's Mexican fiesta hosted by the Top 3 in conjunction with the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, Key Spouses group and Youth Center Keystone club.

More than two hundred family members attended September's meal along with wing leadership.

"We planned the menu to coordinate with the Hispanic Heritage month theme," said Senior Master Sgt. Basil Franz of the Top 3 and head of the September event.

Entertainment for attendees included a balloon maker, art activities and a piñata.

"The assistance of the Knight's Table staff was critical to the success of this event," said Sergeant Franz.

Councils such as the Top 3, Chief's group and Airmen Committed to Excellence are responsible for all aspects related to the dinner, including menu planning, entertainment, funding and set up and tear down.

"Deployments are hard on all, the unit, family and member," said Tech. Sgt. Merlin Choice, RAF Lakenheath Airmen and Family Readiness Center non-commissioned officer.

"Gathering around our Liberty dinner table once a month is just one way we support each other."