‘Thanks for Thanksgiving’ helps hundreds

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen and Soldiers line up to fill bags with food and supplies at the Thanks for Thanksgiving event Nov. 19 on Vogelweh. KMC leaders banded together to support junior enlisted service members by providing them with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Airmen and Soldiers line up to fill bags with food and supplies at the Thanks for Thanksgiving event Nov. 19 on Vogelweh. KMC leaders banded together to support junior enlisted service members by providing them with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

KMC leaders came out to support military service members and their families during the 18th annual Thanks for Thanksgiving event Nov. 19 on Vogelweh.

Airmen and Soldiers banded together to support junior enlisted service members by providing them with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and to thank them for their service and sacrifices.

“This is a way for the senior enlisted, officers, commanders, chiefs and first sergeants to give back to the junior enlisted,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brady Holcomb, 721st Aerial Port Squadron first sergeant.


Brig. Gen. Richard G. Moore Jr., 86th Airlift Wing commander; Chief Master Sgt. Aaron D. Bennett, 86 AW command chief; and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward James Williams III, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz command sergeant major, were among the leadership in attendance.

Students from surrounding KMC elementary schools decorated brown bags with feathers and drawings of turkeys, which Thanks for Thanksgiving participants filled with food and supplies for a family meal. Each package included a 10- to 12-pound frozen turkey, a roasting pan, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables, yams, dinner rolls, a frozen pie and a $25 Visa gift card.

“For the Air Force side alone, we’re supporting more than 900 family members,” Holcomb said.

This year is the first time in 17 years the Army and the Air Force have collaborated for Thanks for Thanksgiving.

“We had Army and Air Force service members working together for a good cause, getting involved and doing it with good spirits,” said Sgt. Maj. Conrad Walters, U.S. Army Dental Command-Europe senior enlisted advisor.

More than 660 joint families were supported during this year’s Thanks for Thanksgiving event.

“For the families, it doesn’t matter what uniform we are wearing,” Holcomb said. “We are out here taking care of each other.”

Additional gifts such as family-friendly DVDs, toys, keychains and a complimentary edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper were added in every package.

Volunteers received warm food and beverages in the morning for their efforts, as well as hot dogs and refreshments later in the day.

As the holiday season commences, military service members can relax a little knowing that no matter what their situation, their community is ready to provide assistance.

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Lukacsko, U.S. Army Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz operations NCO, volunteers at the Thanks for Thanksgiving event Nov. 19 on Vogelweh. This year is the first time in 17 years the Army and the Air Force have collaborated for Thanks for Thanksgiving, creating more than 660 meals for military families.
Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Lukacsko, U.S. Army Public Health Activity-Rheinland Pfalz operations NCO, volunteers at the Thanks for Thanksgiving event Nov. 19 on Vogelweh. This year is the first time in 17 years the Army and the Air Force have collaborated for Thanks for Thanksgiving, creating more than 660 meals for military families.