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New Flight Kitchen Opened on Tyndall AFB

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Busy airmen on Tyndall Air Force Base now have a new spot to rest and refuel in between missions.

In a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning, the Raptor Quick-Turn Flight Kitchen was officially christened.

The kitchen is three times larger than the previous kitchen and averages more than 1,300 customers a week.

The purpose is to provide high quality meals "on the go" and the increased size is set to facilitate the newest combat squadron of 800 airmen, who are currently scheduled to arrive in spring 2014.

Food Service Officer, 2nd Lieutenant Maxfield Shea, said the kitchen has been a long time in the making for the base.

"It took a lot of effort and a lot of people's hearts. So, a lot of people are excited about this, including the customers, I hope. I've already got some good feedback. The reason this facility is great is simply because it allows people to sit indoors when it gets hot, recuperate a little bit. We've got a lot of people who work pretty hard," said Shea.

Tuesday's ribbon was cut by 325th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. David Graff and his wife, Jamee, who help design the new facility.