Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
NEXCOM Helps Deployed, Loved Ones Keep In Touch • VIRGINIA BEACH
Once again this year, the Navy Exchange Service Command’s (NEXCOM) Telecommunications Program Office will be helping deployed Sailors to stay in touch with their loved ones during the holiday season, paying for phone calls from these military members that are placed from Dec. 24–26, 2020, and again from Dec. 31, 2020–Jan. 1, 2021.
In order to place a call, military members need to have an active Personal Identification Number (PIN) located on the back of a prepaid phone card or a Virtual Pin Number (VPN) ordered through AT&T. There is a limit of 10 minutes per call.
“Once again this year, we are honored to be able to help deployed Sailors keep in touch with their loved ones over the holiday season,” said Mary B. Johnson, vice president (VP), NEXCOM’s Telecommunications Program Office. “We know being away from home during the holidays can be difficult and stressful. Offering these phone calls home are our way of thanking our military members for their service and sacrifice to our country.”
PARTICIPATING SHIPS, BASES
Ships that will be receiving free phone calls include USS Nimitz (CVN-68); USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69); USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70); USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71); USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75); USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77); USS America (LHA-6); USS Wasp (LHD-1); USS Essex (CVN-9); USS Boxer (LHD-4); USS Iwo Jima (LHD-2); USS Makin Island (LHD-8); USS San Antonio (LPD-17); USS New Orleans (LPD-18); USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19); USS Green Bay (LPD-20); USS New York (LPD-21); USS San Diego (LPD-22); USS Arlington (LPD-24); and USS Somerset (LPD-25).
In addition, free Wi-Fi will be provided on Dec. 25, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021 for military members staying in Unaccompanied Housing at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti; NSA and ISA AB, Bahrain; NSF Deveselu, Romania; and at all U.S. Navy bases in CONUS as well as for military members living in both Unaccompanied and Family Housing at NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Edited by Larry Lapka
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is one of the many ships where deployed Sailors will be able to make free 10-minute phone calls to loved ones during the holiday season courtesy of NEXCOM and AT&T.
Photo: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Miguel A. Contreras, USN