Sailors and Marines Deployed During the Holidays Get Free Phone Cards

Story Number: NNS141117-08Release Date: 11/17/2014 10:28:00 AM
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By Kristine M. Sturkie, Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Nov. 17 that Sailors and Marines in more than 70 deployed units away from their homeports and those forward deployed to overseas ports during the holiday season will be given a free $10 phone card to call loved ones back home.

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years," said Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program. "This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and their families for their service to our country."

The $10 AT&T prepaid phone cards can be used via the Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service system, the ship's Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) system or ashore in the United States or any foreign port where AT&T has a presence. NEXCOM distributed 36,250 free phone cards for the holidays.

Ships and submarines that will receive the free phone cards are: USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS New York (LPD 21), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Mahan (DDG 72), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS James E Williams (DDG 95), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Samuel B Roberts (FFG 58), USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS San Diego (LPD 22), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Cape St. George (CG 71), USS Milius (DDG 69), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Sampson (DDG 102), USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Michael P Murphy (DDG 112), USS Gary (FFG 51), USS Rodney M Davis (FFG 60), USS Michigan (SSGN 727), USS San Francisco (SSN 711), USS Olympia (SSN 717), USS Chicago (SSN 721), USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), USS Louisville (SSN 724), USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS Hawaii (SSN 776), USS Ohio (SSGN 726), USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), USS Helena (SSN 725), USS Boise (SSN 764), USS California (SSN 781), USS Florida (SSGN 728), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS John S McCain (DDG 56), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Germantown (LSD 42).

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 Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Manuel Arevalo makes a call on a Sailor phone on the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46).
120328-N-SS993-123 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2012) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Manuel Arevalo makes a call on a Sailor phone on the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Tortuga is part of the Essex amphibious ready group and is underway on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Crosby/Released)
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