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JBSA cancels trainee Thanksgiving programs

Mission Thanksgiving Army trainees

Soldiers from the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston wait their turn to be picked up by families from San Antonio and surrounding cities for Mission Thanksgiving Nov. 23, 2017. The event, as well as the 37th Training Wing’s “Operation Home Cooking” and “Operation Family Feast,” similar programs for Airmen in Basic Military Training and Technical Training, respectively, have also been cancelled.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas --

The U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence’s “Mission Thanksgiving,” a program where the San Antonio community generously open their homes and provide a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for soldiers in medical training at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, has been cancelled this year in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the training population at Joint Base San Antonio.

"We truly appreciate the hospitality the San Antonio community shows our soldiers during Thanksgiving, currently the risk is too high - our number one priority is to protect the health and readiness of the force," said Maj. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, the MEDCoE commanding general. "We look forward to continuing this worthwhile tradition next Thanksgiving."

Mission Thanksgiving has been an Army tradition at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston for more than 20 years.

Last week, the 37th Training Wing announced the cancellation of this year’s “Operation Home Cooking” and “Operation Family Feast,” similar programs for Airmen in Basic Military Training and Technical Training, respectively.