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Chapel staff host first Operation Thanksgiving Traditions

Chaplain division hosts Operation Thanksgiving Traditions

Airmen in training decorate the base chapel with holiday garland at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2018. The Airmen participated in Operation Thanksgiving Traditions, a new event created by chapel staff to help Airmen feel at home during the holiday. (Courtesy photo)

Chapel staff hosts Operation Thanksgiving Traditions

Chaplain (Capt.) Mir Ali, back and center, gives a briefing on rules and expectations to about 160 Airmen in training regarding Operation Thanksgiving Traditions at the Solid Rock Cafe on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2018. The chapel staff hosted the Airmen to a day of food, flag football and more during the inaugural event designed to help Airmen feel at home and be part of the Air Force family while they are away from theirs. (Courtesy photo)

Chapel staff hosts Operation Thanksgiving Traditions

Chaplain (Capt.) Mir Ali poses next to a collage of pictures of Airmen with expressions of what they are thankful for in 2018 at the Solid Rock Cafe at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2018. Chapel staff hosted its first Operation Thanksgiving Traditions on Thanksgiving Day to bring Airmen in training together to enjoy familiar traditions associated with the holiday. (Courtesy photo)

Chapel staff hosts Operation Thanksgiving Traditions

Airmen in training decorate a tree at the Solid Rock Cafe during the inaugural Operation Thanksgiving Traditions at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2018. Operation Thanksgiving Traditions is an event to bring Airmen together during the holiday to participate in many familiar traditions enjoyed across the country. (Courtesy photo)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A new tradition was unveiled Nov. 22, 2018, for Airmen at Sheppard AFB when the 82nd Training Wing Chaplain Division hosted its first Operation Thanksgiving Traditions.

 

The new options for Airmen included the traditions of decorating for the upcoming holidays, a Thanksgiving meal with a host family from the military community, a flag football tournament, a showing of the Dallas vs. Washington football game, a burger burn and a creative way to say thank you through a collage of pictures.

 

“It was a great success!” said Tech. Sgt. Antonette Custodio, lead Religious Affairs Airman for the event. “With over 900 participants, the Solid Rock Café on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, was the liveliest it has ever been on a Thanksgiving Day.”

 

A significant amount of work went into putting the plan into action. The chapel staff of Team Sheppard came together to devise a strategy that would incorporate the many familiar traditions of Thanksgiving across the country. The vision of this year’s event focused on targeting as many Airmen as possible to help them feel at home and show them what it means to be a part of the Air Force family.

 

With the help and support of commanders, military training leaders, teal ropes, white ropes, and the 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs office, the community witnessed a significant impact on the lives of the participants.

 

“Airmen will continue to thrive as they have more and more opportunities to participate in events like this one,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Mir Ali, lead chaplain for the event.