'Operation Home Cooking' targets hungry airmen at Lackland

Families asked to open homes to Air Force members during Thanksgiving

SAN ANTONIO – Families across San Antonio can show their Southern hospitality to airmen and trainees at Lackland Air Force Base by allowing them to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal through "Operation Home Cooking."  

Over the years, San Antonio families have opened their homes to young men and women stationed at Lackland who are away from their relatives.

Last year, local residents hosted 4,889 Air Force members for dinner.

Families within the San Antonio Metropolitan Area may invite two airmen/trainees as a "general request" by calling 210-671-5453, 5454 or 3701. 

To request an airman/trainee under the "by name request" program, you must be an immediate family member, such as  a mother, father, brother, sister or grandparents and live in the San Antonio area.

The phone lines will remain open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Nov. 26 or until all eligible trainees have been requested.

Out-of-town relatives who have trainees in basic training that will be graduating during Thanksgiving week may request them by name for Thanksgiving dinner.

Since trainees are not permitted to have personal transportation during training, hosts must pick up "general requests" at the Pfingston Reception Center.

If the airman/trainee is a "by name request," they will be picked up from their respective squadrons on Thanksgiving Day between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

All airmen and basic trainees must returned back to their respective squadrons according to their designated return time, which will be no later than 7 p.m.