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Operation Home Cooking: Annual Thanksgiving tradition opens homes to trainees

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  • 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Approximately 330 families in the San Antonio area will have the opportunity to host Air Force Basic Military Training trainees in their home on Thanksgiving Day.

This annual 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 6th or 7th week of basic training. Volunteers must be willing to accept two trainees into their home to support BMT’s Wingman Concept.

Host families are required to provide transportation to and from the Pfingston Reception Center (PRC) at 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 Lackland to meet curfew times. 

BMT will start accepting volunteer requests beginning October 30 through November 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):