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Videocalling Iraq . . . from TCC
Families have a new way to reach loved ones serving in Iraq – using free videoconferencing through a TCC partnership with the Freedom Calls Foundation. Spouses, parents and children have begun to use the live satellite link that connects to five bases in Iraq from a dedicated room and big-screen equipment at the Chesapeake Campus.
Since the program launched just before the holidays, more than a dozen families have “visited” with their service members at Camp Taji, Camp Fallujah, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Victory (Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum. Scheduling is contingent on connectivity to Iraq and facility availability.
TCC arranged its first Iraq videocall at a nursing student’s pinning ceremony last May. The student’s husband, serving in Iraq, requested the videoconference through Freedom Calls, which then asked TCC to supply the electronic wizardry. The TCC and Freedom Calls team pulled it off as a surprise – lowering a huge screen onstage and revealing the Marine’s face to his wife and a packed theatre.
Pleased to share TCC’s technology for the overseas connections, Richard Andersen, TCC vice president for information systems, looks forward to helping more families: “This sort of project is a joy to implement,” says the retired Navy commander.