Navy Chiefs in Iraq Spread Holiday Cheer Story Number: NNS071223-01 Release Date: 12/23/2007 9:04:00 AM
By Chief Mass Communication Jocelyn Bentley, MNF-I STRATEFF Baghdad, Iraq
BAGHDAD (NNS) -- This holiday season members of the International Zone (IZ) chief's mess gathered together as Santa's helpers. Chief's stationed in Baghdad handed out over 175 donated holiday gift boxes to fellow Navy personnel who are spending Christmas away from their families.
The donated gift boxes came from Commander, Navy Installations Command Fleet and Family Readiness Deployed Forces Support. The holiday gift box program, which began five years ago, distributes items to sailors deployed throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operation.
"The chief's wanted to hand out these gift boxes because we wanted to make sure the mess made contact with as many of our shipmates in theater as possible and we wanted to ensure everyone got something for Christmas," said Chief Master-At-Arms Michael Miller, a member of the IZ chief's mess.
The boxes contained T-shirts, Christmas stockings and holiday greeting cards, phone cards and various other items.
"The chiefs come through for us again," said Legalman 1st Class Carole McCoy when she received her gift box.
Over 1,400 U.S. Sailors are stationed in Baghdad. U.S. Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines will be spending the holidays with deployed service members from the 26 countries that make up the coalition force.
U.S. Navy Active Duty Machinist Mate (SUBMARINES)[My5:]