Holiday greetings program returns
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The program that helps overseas servicemembers send their stateside relatives a special holiday message is back in business.
The Army and Air Force Hometown News Service’s annual Holiday Greetings program kicks off this week at installations in South Korea, with more than a dozen days of taping scheduled between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12 (see schedule below for details).
The video greetings are available to all military personnel and Department of Defense civilian employees, officials said. The messages are distributed to local television and radio stations throughout the United States, they said, adding that the news service will attempt to alert family members as to when the messages directed at them will air.
To that end, the video teams ask that participants bring contact information including relatives’ names and addresses — city, state, zip code — and especially contact telephone numbers.
According to guidelines issued with the taping schedule, military personnel wishing to tape a greeting are required to wear at least the top half of their uniform (the videos are shot from the waist up). Military headgear is not required.
Participants can record more than one message, for family members in different locations. Messages can be recorded in Spanish, but no other foreign languages, officials said.
The greetings are recorded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The teams, based out of San Antonio, are scheduled to visit and tape messages at deployed locations all around the world.
The following is the tentative schedule for Army and Air Force News Service video team (if location is not listed, call public affairs office):