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.