Raytheon Company Connects Military Families with Deployed Troops Serving in Iraq
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 22, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ten families of Massachusetts National Guard members serving in Iraq were able to see and speak directly with their loved ones Saturday, when Raytheon Company donated use of its Global Headquarters video teleconference facility through the sponsorship of the Freedom Calls Foundation. During the 30 minute sessions Raytheon technology linked troops stationed in Iraq with their families. This unique event provided military families an opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with their loved ones deployed in Iraq. "We are honored to host this important event," said Rebecca Rhoads, vice president of Information Technology at Raytheon Company. "Our long history of support for the men and women who serve our country and our commitment to our local communities made this a natural fit for our company. We are proud to offer this service as a token of appreciation for those who are serving in harms way." Freedom Calls Foundation is a not for profit charitable organization authorized to provide communication technology to connect soldiers to their families. The Foundation's first facility, located in an Army camp north of Baghdad in the Sunni Triangle, offers Voice over Internet Protocol telephone technology, internet, and video conferencing services. In response to Freedom Calls' enormous success, the Army has requested that the Foundation install its facilities at 8 additional Army camps in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan in the coming months. The Freedom Calls Foundation makes all logistical arrangements in connecting deployed troops with their families located in the United States. Raytheon and the Freedom Calls Foundation will host another Operation Family Calls event on Friday, Nov. 26, 2004 from Raytheon facilities in New England and California. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 78,000 people worldwide. Contact Nick Garrison 781.522.6490 SOURCE: Raytheon Company Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/
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