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Operation Home Cooking brings 'Military City, USA' Airmen together

By Joint Base San Antonio Public Affairs | Nov. 15, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — San Antonio metropolitan area families have an opportunity to express their hospitality to Airmen and trainees from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland by including them in their family's Thanksgiving Day dinner, during "Operation Home Cooking" Thursday.

Area families may invite two Airmen/trainees as a "general request." Only immediate family members living in the San Antonio metropolitan area may submit a "by-name request." Out-of-town relatives who have trainees in basic training who will graduate Thanksgiving week may make a "by-name" request.

Requests must be made in advance by calling 671-5453, 5454 or 3701, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. The reservation lines will remain open through Wednesday or until all eligible trainees have been requested, whichever occurs first.

Because trainees are not authorized personal transportation during training, hosts must pick up "general requests" at the Basic Military Training Reception Center, Bldg. 7246.

By-name requested Airmen and trainees will be picked up from their respective squadrons between 7 and 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

All Airmen and basic trainees must be returned to their respective squadrons according to their designated return time which will be no later than 7 p.m. Travel time should include planning for traffic.

In 2011, local residents hosted 4,889 Air Force members for Thanksgiving dinner.