SIGMO features Thanksgiving dinner

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  • By Airman Zachary Heal
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Thanksgiving dinner was served during the monthly Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity Nov. 21 at the Community Chapel Activity Center here.
SIGMO is a free, home-cooked meal for single Airmen, single parents, unaccompanied Airmen of all ranks and the families of deployed members.

This month’s SIGMO, organized by members of the 71st Medical Group, featured eight turkeys, nine hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green beans and a wide assortment of deserts.

“What made this SIGMO dinner so important is a sense of belonging,” said Master Sgt. Heath Conley, the 71st MDG first sergeant and a volunteer for the event. “A little taste of home for the Airmen who are away from home or the spouses of deployed members.”

For many young Airmen, this is their first Thanksgiving away from home.

“Being away from home during the holidays is tough,” said Airman Luis Vargas, as he ate his Thanksgiving meal. “But the base does a pretty good job of making me feel included and like I’m a part of something.”

The SIGMO dinner served the family members of deployed Airmen as well.

“It’s comforting knowing my spouse and family can come and be a part of something while I’m gone,” said Conley.

“It’s nice knowing that the base cares about its Airmen,” said Vargas. “They clearly put a lot of effort into this dinner and the food is really good.”