USS Harry S. Truman Sailor receives call from President Obama on Christmas

Posted at 1:22 PM, Dec 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-27 19:13:58-05

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - A Sailor deployed with the USS Harry S. Truman received a phone call from President Obama Christmas morning.

Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald Canady talked with his commander in chief while at sea serving on the Norfolk-based Truman.

During the call, the two talked about life at home, as well as the mission at sea.

“First, he asked me how my family was doing, how my kids are, then he asked me how the Sailors around me are doing,” Canady stated in a release from the USS Harry S. Truman Public Affair staff.

“I told him everything was OK because my division is like a big family. President Obama thanked me for all that I do and wanted to make sure we were doing things safely and right the first time. I told him we’re getting the mission completed," Canady continued.

One of Canady's superiors, Master Chief Petty Officer V. Almodovar submitted his name to the White House in appreciation of his hard work.

Canday serves as an aviation ordnanceman, which means he's responsible for the upkeep of the rooms below the flight deck where bombs and weapons are stored.

“I submitted his name as a gratitude for what he does,” Almodovar said. “He earned it through his work ethic and his achievements.”

“Right now I’m feeling honored because I got a phone call from the president. He took time out of his day to wish me a me a merry Christmas and tell me how thankful he is of me for serving in the military. A personal call from the president is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m very thankful," Canady stated.

The USS Harry S. Truman departed Norfolk back on November 16th.