WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A 17-year tradition continues at Sheppard Air Force Base.
As airmen prepare to head home for the holidays, staff at SAFB and key spouses package 27,000 cookies for them to take home.
More than 4,000 airmen training at SAFB will be given these packages at the exodus Thursday night.
The tradition takes place at military installations across the country.
"They just arrived here not too long ago from San Antonio, from basic training. This is the first place where they are really by themselves. The holidays coming up and I think it's just a nice thing to do for our airmen," spouse and volunteer, Beatrix Wagner said.
Each package gets six cooking and Wagner said the airmen can chow down on the sweet treats once they get them, or they can wait until the get on their bus or flight home.
For many, this will be the first time they have seen their families in several months.
Volunteers said these cookie care packages are a way to let these brave men and women know they are thinking of them and they are here to support them, especially during the holidays.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6