Whaleback Systems (News - Alert), Inc recently celebrated five years of support to U.S troops with free phone service. It provides a permanent stock of service phones managed by CrystalBlue’s mobility solution. Soldiers can use these phones to call up their loved ones in any part of the world free of charge. The troops passing through Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, NH on their way to or from Iraq, Afghanistan or any other areas of conflict in the world are welcomed by Pease Greeters. Whaleback Systems is a sponsor of this organization.
In a release, Karil Reibold (News - Alert), CEO of Whaleback, said, “We started as a simple donation which has now grown into a full-fledged program. It’s a privilege for us to continue to thank our troops by this way. Heartfelt gratitude is shown to us by the soldiers and everyone involved as we plan to build on this further.”
Back in 2006, an emotional thank you message was sent by a Marine’s wife to Pease personnel for having lent a phone to the soldier to call her up as he passed through to Iraq. This triggered an idea to Whaleback and Pease Greeters. A few phones were provided by Whaleback initially and it has now increased the system three times in size. Troops stop by the Whaleback phone bank with all phones lit up and used constantly with the arrival of flights. This phone back falls under a dedicated telephone area Malinda’s Room, which is named after the wife of USMC’s Caption Smith.
Soldiers are greeted in three phases by Pease Greeters, with help of other local organizations, youth and the general public. In phase 1, while playing patriotic music in the background, hundreds of Greeters claps, cheer, provide handshakes, hugs, and expressions of “welcome home” and “Thank You.” In phase 2, brave men and women use the phone banks installed by Whaleback to make free phone calls worldwide along with refreshments served and donated by local companies. In phase 3, troops are photographed in a closing ceremony so that each flight gets added to a hallway Hero's Walk at Pease. It is devoted to troops passing through Pease. In the end, the officer of the day salutes the troops saying, “As old warriors, we salute the young warriors.”
The troops are supported by many companies with products and services like Whaleback Systems, Friendly's, Green Mountain Coffee, Lindt Chocolate, Poland Springs water, Keurig Coffee, Coca Cola, Daystar, Ocean Graphics, Clear Channel (News - Alert) Radio, Service Credit Union and Minuteman Press.
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Edited by Rich Steeves