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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and a contracted Internet provider together are offering servicemembers a free day of Christmas communications.

For troops in Iraq and Kuwait at locations with “CZee Cyberzone” Internet cafes, services for all 24 hours of Dec. 25 will be free.

“Knowing how important it is for military families to stay connected, especially during the holidays, we are glad to make this available to troops serving in Iraq and Kuwait,” Craig Sewell, vice president of AAFES’ telecommunications division, said in a news release.

The Internet services are provided by Resilian Communications. The company has 10 Internet cafes in Iraq and Kuwait, officials said.

Normally, troops are charged on a per-minute basis for use of the computers and Internet connections.

Many camps — even some of the smaller combat outposts throughout the country — have free Internet access or computers provided by Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

There will be no individual limits on the free Internet time, but “all we ask is that troops be considerate and manage their usage so all who wish will be allowed access to the offer,” Sewell said. “We want as many service members as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.”


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