Operation Dessert Storm to make Thanksgiving sweeter for WPAFB workers

From emergency room physicians to base electricians, not every Airman can take off work for turkey and travel on Thanksgiving. The Wright-Patterson chapel community plans to fly the holiday to these working Airmen for the fourth year in a row.

A softer take on its namesake, Operation “Dessert” Storm is the Chapel’s mission to deliver baked goods to as many Wright-Patt Airmen on duty Thanksgiving Day as possible.

“We just go and shower them with home-baked cookies and cakes and breads,” said Djuna Shorter, the Protestant parish coordinator. “Some people forget there are still people working on base during holidays. Some of those working Airmen have never missed Thanksgiving with their families before, so it’s cool to give them a little touch of home, a slice of pie or homemade cake.”

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The Chapel invites those with a free holiday to celebrate Thanksgiving according to its spirit, donating some time or treats to thank the Airmen who serve when most are at home. Anyone can bring homemade desserts or store-bought desserts to the Kittyhawk Chapel Nov. 26 between noon and 5 p.m.

Please do not slice pies or breads; these desserts will be delivered whole. Place cookies in Ziploc bags. The Chapel cannot accept refrigerated items.

Community members can also volunteer to distribute the desserts on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. Shorter says Airmen don’t need to leave their families behind to participate; many volunteers bring their kids to help pass out the sweets.

“Working Airmen may be away from their families, but they’re still a part of ours. We’re thinking of them and thankful for them,” said Shorter. “We want to show them that they’re loved.”

If you’re interested in helping with the event or would like more information, contact Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Quilala at matthew.quilala@us.af.mil.

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