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Troops Say Hello To Their Hometowns

Navy Cmdr. Jackie McClelland, as she apears this week in a video streamed over the 'Net by Comcast.

Navy Cmdr. Jackie McClelland of Harleysville PA, as she apears this week in a video streamed over the 'Net by Comcast.

PHILADELPHIA PA – Sixty-seven men and women whose hometowns are in Eastern Pennsylvania, but who currently are stationed with American armed forces across the globe, are among hundreds of troops who recently sent holiday greetings to their families and shared them with the public this week via the Comcast digital cable network.

None of the 67 identify Sanatoga or Lower Pottsgrove Township as home, but several hail from nearby Harleysville, Birdsboro, Pennsburg, and Collegeville.

“Troop Greetings On Demand” was launched Tuesday (Dec. 23, 2008) for the fifth consecutive year from the “On Demand” channels available to Comcast digital cable subscribers. The videos of the service men and women also are being streamed to the public over the Internet from Comcast’s Troop Greetings web pages.

“Troop Greetings On Demand” allows families and friends of military personnel stationed overseas – and the public at large – to view special holiday greetings from their loved ones any time of the day or night, as often as they like. Hundreds of videotapes from the Army/Air Force Hometown News Service were edited into short video greetings for viewers and high-speed Internet customers. Each message includes the service member’s name and hometown, and some messages include the service person’s family.

The videos will remain online until Jan. 31.

Overall, more than 1,000 troops’ messages are available to Comcast customers throughout its service areas in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. Military personnel and civilian staff featured in the videos are stationed at bases in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Japan, Alaska, Korea and other remote locations.

Troop greetings are grouped together and categorized by state. More than 80 different video streams, each presenting messages from about a dozen personnel, are provided. Individual videos are available by name at the Hometown News Service web pages; Pennsylvania’s are here.

In some areas, Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. is providing complimentary, short-term digital service upgrades for families of service personnel seen in this year’s greetings who are Comcast standard cable subscribers. In addition, the greetings also can be viewed at most Comcast service centers.

Photo captured from Army/AirForce Hometown News Service

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