While many military posts are cancelling their 'Operation Thanksgiving' drive to allow soldiers and Airmen to eat Thanksgiving dinner in the homes of local residents, it is alive and well in San Antonio.


  Fort Bliss says it will end its decades-old practice of urging El Paso area residents to host a solider for Thanksgiving, saying the changing demographics in the Army mean that there are fewer single young people in the military.


  But officials at Ft. Sam Houston says that's not the case for them.  They say more than 5,000 students assigned to the Army Medical Department Center and School attending medical training are away from home for the first time during the holidays.


  "Many of out soldiers volunteer to spend the day with local families to learn more about various San Antonio cultures and traditions," the post said.


  Lackland Air Force Base, which is home to Air Force basic training and also has thousands of young people on base at any one time, is also participating in the Mission thanksgiving activities.


  Any family which wants to host a soldier or Airman for Thanksgiving dinner is encouraged to call Joint Base San Antonio at 221-3218 or e-mail at usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.mission-thanksgiving@mail.mil.