Holiday greetings team to visit Oct. 2, 3

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- The Army and Air Force Hometown News Service Holiday Greetings team is scheduled to visit Incirlik Oct. 2 and 3 to film holiday messages from base people for their hometown TV and radio stations. 

The team of Airman 1st Class Alex Griffin, Air Force News Det. 7 broadcaster, and Army Staff Sgt. Scott Malone, AAFHNS broadcaster, will set up shop in the Incirlik American School courtyard on Oct. 2 and outside the Official Document Center on Oct. 3. Filming will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the first and last hours being dedicated to shift workers and walk-ins. 

"The Holiday Greeting program is more about the families left behind in the states than the Airmen overseas," said Airman Griffin. "The families back home enjoy seeing the messages on TV every year. It really brightens their day." 

Once produced, HN sends each 15 to 20 second greeting to nearly every commercial TV and radio station within the broadcasting area of the person's chosen location; however; a separate greeting must be made for each location. 

Staff Sgt. Cassie Granger, 39th Air Base Wing programs manager, recorded a greeting with her family last year. 

"My family was very excited and happy to see us on TV and hear us on the radio," Sergeant Granger said. "They said it was almost like having us pop in to their home from time to time to wish them a happy holiday." 

The program is open to military members, Department of Defense civilians and their families. Military members must wear the uniform of the day. 

The crew has a script people can read or participants can add their own words and messages, but the message must include their rank, name, family members names and locations, and hometown. 

People who will PCS or be on leave in the United States during the holiday season are not eligible to participate. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Staff Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, 39th Air Base Wing public affairs chief of internal information at 676-6060 or e-mail him at