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NEWS | Oct. 28, 2023

Operation Home Cooking: Annual Thanksgiving tradition opens homes to trainees

37th Training Wing Public Affairs

Approximately 330 families in the San Antonio area will have the opportunity to host Air Force Basic Military Training trainees in their homes on Thanksgiving Day.

This annual Operation Home Cooking tradition, now in its 48th year, allows volunteer families residing in the San Antonio Metropolitan area (inside Loop 1604) the opportunity to share the holiday with trainees who are in their sixth or seventh week of basic training. Volunteers must be willing to accept two trainees into their homes to support BMT’s Wingman Concept.

Host families are required to provide transportation to and from the Pfingston Reception Center, or PRC, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Pick-up time from the PRC is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the curfew time for return to the PRC is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the BMT member’s week in training. Host families are urged to consider increased holiday traffic when returning to JBSA-Lackland to meet curfew times. 

BMT will start accepting volunteer requests beginning Oct. 30 through Nov. 15. All volunteer families are subject to a background check to access the installation. Volunteer host families MUST provide the following information and send it and any questions to Laurie Pozorski at

SUBJECT:  Operation Home Cooking Host Request


Last Name, First Name (individual picking trainee/wingman up):

Address with Zip Code:

Phone Number:

Social Security Number:

Driver’s License Number and State:

Date of Birth:

DOD ID Card number (if applicable):