Deployed sailors and Marines to receive free $10 phone cards

Posted at 9:30 AM, Dec 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-03 09:41:31-05

Virginia Beach, Va. – Here’s some good holiday news for deployed sailors and Marines.

The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will give sailors and Marines deployed on 40 ships and submarines and those forward deployed in overseas ports a free $10 phone card to call loved ones back home.

“This is just one small way that we can thank our service members for their dedicated service to our country,” said Thomas Harris of the NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program. “We hope this phone card will bring them closer to their families and friends during the holiday season.”

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 expects to distribute nearly 35,000 free phone cards during the holidays.

Ships that will receive the free phone cards are:

USS Bainbridge
USS Bulkeley
USS Carney
USS Gettysburg
USS Mason
USS Monterey
USS Nitze
USS Ramage
USS San Jacinto
USS Simpson
USS Stout
USS The Sullivans
USS Truman
USS Mount Whitney
USS Boxer
USS Cowpens
USS Freedom
USS Harpers Ferry
USS Hopper
USS New Orleans
USS Rentz
USS Nimitz
USS City of Corpus Christi
USS Houston
USS North Carolina
USS Santa Fe
USS Sea Wolf
USS Tucson
USS Curtis Wilbur
USS Fitzgerald
USS George Washington
USS John S. McCain
USS Lassen
USS McCampbell
USS Mustin
USS Stethem
USS Ashland
USS Bonhomme Richard
USS Denver
USS Germantown