It is that time a year again–the weather gets a little colder and we look forward to spending time with loved ones around a decorated tree or a bountiful dinner table enjoying each others company. Unfortunately, this will not be the case for the more than 50, 000 Sailors who on any given day (including Christmas Day) are deployed worldwide standing the watch so that others may enjoy their holiday. This is the last in a series of phone calls from sports and Hollywood stars to deployed Sailors wishing them Happy Holidays and thanking them for their service.
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The New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick makes a holiday call to Sailors stationed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Belichick thanked the Sailors for their service and wished them Happy Holidays.
“I have been a Patriots fan all my life and when I heard that Coach Belichick was going to be calling the ship I got so excited I stayed up after night shift to make sure I was there as soon as the signup list came out, and was the first name on the sheet.”
~ATAN Brendan Homespun
“Growing up in Massachusetts sports were a huge part of my life. I compare being a New England sports fan to being part of a religion. Needless to say we take our sports pretty seriously in Boston. It’s something that’s passed from Father to Son, “You will root for this team.” The First time I saw my father cry was when the Red Sox won the World Series.”
~AD3 Jonathan Holman
“Everyone who knows me best – my wife, mother, sister – all are as excited for me as I am for myself. This is my first Christmas spent out on deployment, and I know it makes them happy that I get something like this, since I can’t be at home with them. And after all, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are just as big a presence in our home this time of year as anyone. Thank you.”
~ATAN Brendan Hampson