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Operation Homecooking set for sign-ups

Posted 10/29/2010   Updated 11/1/2010 Email story   Print story


10/29/2010 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- San Antonio, Texas area families can share their warmth and hospitality with Airmen at Lackland AFB this Thanksgiving by giving them a chance to enjoy a holiday meal in a family atmosphere through Operation Home-cooking.

In its 35th year, the program provides the opportunity for families to share their traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with Air Force basic trainees and technical school students.

Throughout the years, families have generously opened their homes to these young men and women, recognizing that many of them are away from home for the first time.

Two Airmen will be placed with each host and last year, local residents hosted 3,662 Airmen for Thanksgiving dinner.

"Operation Homecooking shows Airmen how much the American public (appreciates) their many sacrifices and hard work," said Donald Steele, 737th Training Support Squadron training operations flight chief.

Families within the San Antonio metropolitan area may invite two Airmen by calling 671-5453, 671-5454 or 671-3701, beginning Nov. 1. Calls will be taken weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone lines will remain open until Nov. 24. Once registration is full, Mr. Steele said people may be placed on a standby list.

On Thanksgiving, Airmen must be picked up at the BMT Reception Center, Bldg. 7246, between 7-11 a.m., and they must be returned back to the base by 7 p.m.

Due to increased security measures throughout the Department of Defense, a background check must be accomplished on all visitors accessing Lackland AFB.

Anyone applying to participate as a host for Operation Homecooking must provide their driver's license number, or state issued ID number, as well as the name of the state issuing the license or ID.

For more information and a complete list of rules and requirements, visit

11/23/2012 6:09:02 PM ET
I just want to thank the host family for opening their home to my grandson Eric Hogencamp for the Thanksgiving holiday. He told me how special it's his first time away from home..God Bless you for caring..Thank You...
Nancy Yannone, HawleyPA
11/24/2011 10:35:42 PM ET
My son Sean Rhew is away at Lackland AFB.This the first time ever he has been away for the holidays. I just found out that he was invited to someones home for Thanksgiving dinner.I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness. May god bless you and your family. Carmen BarnettHappy Thanksgiving
Carmen Barnett, Madisonville ky
11/12/2010 1:21:12 PM ET
This is amazing. I wish they had something like this here in Corpus Christi. It would be something great for the soldiers here.
Andreana Morales, Corpus Christi Texas
11/10/2010 9:14:27 PM ET
I am so thankful for this program. My youngest son Cody will be away both Christmas and Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever. He is 18 years old and it means so much to this mother to have folks in Texas willing to share their homes to my son during the holidays. May God Bless all of You...
Brenda Torrez, Mt. Vernon IL
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