Technology allows military members to record messages

New Hampshire Sunday News
November 24. 2012 10:26PM

They won't be home for Christmas, but that doesn't mean family and friends of some New Hampshire military men and women can't see their loved ones over the holidays.

Instead of traditional greeting cards, several Granite State soldiers, sailors and airmen have recorded short video greetings that are now available for viewing online at the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) website,

The technology used to make the recordings and distribute each video was developed by the U.S. Army to allow reliable video connections between media and soldiers serving overseas in areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

"We want to give a holiday greetings shout out to Bruce Bellegarde and family," said Army Spc. Andrew Bellegarde of Londonderry, stationed in Vicenza, Italy. "We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we'll be thinking of you guys over the holiday season."

"I'd like to tell my wife, Karen, back in Hudson that I love you and miss you, and can't wait to see you again," said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Currier of Hudson, stationed in Rota, Spain. "Patrick, stay out of trouble, Daddy loves you."

"We want to wish our friends and family a happy holiday and Merry Christmas back in Rochester, New Hampshire," said Air Force Capt. David Ferguson of Rochester, stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

"I want to give a shout out to my sons, Giovanni and Justin in Derry," says Army Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes of Derry, stationed at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan in his message. "I love you and miss you, and be safe."

"We want to wish all our friends and family a happy holiday season," said Army Capt. Benjamin Hirsch of East Kingston, stationed in Yongson, South Korea. "We'll be back in a few months, and we look forward to seeing you."

"I want to wish a happy holidays to my wife, Betsy, my daughter, Hannah, my son Ryan, and all my family back in New Hampshire," said Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul Mercier of Walpole, stationed at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan in his video greeting. "Love you guys, and I'll see you soon."

"I just want to wish my mother, father and brother back in Salem, New Hampshire, a happy holidays," said Airman 1st Class Steven Orlandello of Salem, stationed at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.

"I just want to say a great big 'I love you' to my fiance, Leonard Bell, back in Manchester," said Navy Capt. Jody Stanley of Manchester, stationed at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. "Take care, and I'll see you as soon as I can."

"I want to give a shout out to my wife, Lori, and my kids Matthew, Molly and Ally Rose," said Senior Airman Arthur Statezni of Newton, stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. "Happy holidays, and we'll see you soon. Love ya."

To view the videos, go to, and search for New Hampshire holiday greeting videos.

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