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Keesler lead cook retires after 36 years of service

Linda Robertson, former 81st Force Support Squadron first cook, retired after 36 years of service. (Courtesy Photo)

Linda Robertson, former 81st Force Support Squadron first cook, retired after 36 years of service. (Courtesy Photo)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- A food service icon has hung up her apron after almost four decades of service.

Linda Robertson, 81st Force Support Squadron first cook, along with family and friends, celebrated her retirement Jan. 16 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Robertson prepared millions of meals throughout her 36 years career.

She followed in her father's footsteps when she chose a career in food service. Her father, Carl Harris dedicated more than 50 years to military food service.

The cook acted as a mother figure to those she worked with and had a distinct and tasty southern flare to her cooking, according to coworkers; some she had worked with for decades.

Her friendship with Carrie Keetion dates back to when they graduated from Gulfport High School in 1965.

"She was a great coworker and a kind person," said Keetion, coworker of more than 35 years.

Her work ethic and dedication to the job was an inspiration to her coworkers.

"She was a joy to work with through the years and an extremely hard worker," said Cynthia Turner, coworker of more than 20 years.   

She was very dedicated and will be missed by our food service family here.