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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hudson soldier sends family Thanksgiving greeting from around the world

Stationed far from home on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Anthony won’t be coming home to Hudson for Thanksgiving this year. So he did the next best thing – recorded a brief video greeting for his family.

The video, in which Anthony, standing in uniform in front of flags, mentions his parents and siblings and thanks “everyone for their support,” runs just 13 seconds but sufficiently gets the message across. ...

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Stationed far from home on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Anthony won’t be coming home to Hudson for Thanksgiving this year. So he did the next best thing – recorded a brief video greeting for his family.

The video, in which Anthony, standing in uniform in front of flags, mentions his parents and siblings and thanks “everyone for their support,” runs just 13 seconds but sufficiently gets the message across.

The technology that makes recording and distributing such videos, called Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, was developed by the 3rd Army to allow timely and reliable video connections between media and soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

Anthony, whose family lives in Hudson, is a nuclear electrician who maintains and works on the USS Eisenhower’s two reactors.

“Our job operating the reactors is critical,” Anthony had earlier told an American Forces Press Service reporter. While the separation from his family is difficult, he said at the time, tending to duty is “a small sacrifice to make for the nation.”

The reactors that Anthony work on keep the aircraft carrier moving at more than 30 knots as well as provide enough energy to keep the carrier operating for 18 years without refueling, according to the AFPS reporter.

The units also provide the steam that catapults aircraft from the carrier’s deck at speeds up to 170 mph.

For more on DVIDS, and to link to Anthony’s video, visit www.dvidshub.net.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).