Thank you for your interest in hosting Airmen at your home for a meal during the holiday season.

The holidays are a time for celebration, family, and camaraderie. However, for some of our EAFB Airmen it can be a lonely time where they are unable – maybe for the first time – to spend the holiday at home with their family. To ease their worry and to offer Airmen a place to celebrate a holiday meal with a local family.

Therefore, Ellsworth Connection: A Home for the Holiday’s goal is to connect Airmen with local families who are willing to open their home and share their holiday meal.

Please fill out the form below. We are gathering host families either Christmas or New Year’s meals, or both. We will be connecting host families and Airmen prior so arrival times and other details can be coordinated.

Please note that current COVID-19 precautions set by the installation commander prohibit Airmen from attending gatherings of more than 14 people.

The information you provide is secure and only used for the purposes of this program.

Application deadlines:
Christmas and/or New Year’s meal – December 3, 2021

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    1. I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.
    2. I am a volunteer to participate in the Ellsworth Connection Program. I understand that foreseeable and unforeseeable risks and dangers may arise from the negligence, misconduct, or malfeasance of Program participants, which might lead to personal injury, property damage, or death. I understand that my execution of this Release and Liability Waiver is a prerequisite for voluntary participation in the Program.
    3. I do hereby forever waive all claims of liability and release all United States Air Force entities to include Ellsworth Air Force Base, the 28th Bomb Wing, all affiliated units and commanders, and Program partner organizations from all civil liability, claims and lawsuits which may arise from my participation in the Program or from the negligence, misconduct, or malfeasance of Program participants.
    4. I do hereby agree to assume full responsibility for my safety and indemnify, save, hold harmless, and defend the Government of the United States, its departments, agencies, employees, officers, and agents active officially or otherwise, from any and all liability, claims, demands, and actions that may occur, resulting from my participation in the Program. This Release and Liability Waiver shall bind all of my heirs, successors, and assigns.
    5. I agree to the release of personal information provided by me in the above application to the Program's organizers, the participating Airmen assigned to me by the Program, and as indicated in the Program's Host Family Application.
    6. This Release and Liability Waiver shall NOT affect my ability to personally sue, file claims against, or file police reports concerning the Airmen I host.
    7. I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the foregoing, and voluntarily agree to its terms.
    8. Host families are advised that the Program will establish policies and rules to prohibit underage Airmen from consuming alcohol at all official events. Use of alcohol in the host family's home is always discretionary, but host families are reminded that serving alcohol to underage military members is a crime under South Dakota law. Furthermore, consumption of alcohol by underage military members is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Conviction under South Dakota law or the UCMJ will have serious repercussions on the military member's career.

    I acknowledge and agree to the terms of the Release and Liability Waiver