Terry Boosts Morale of Deployed Sailors

Jason Terry spoke to sailors on aircraft carrier deployed in the Persian Gulf for the holidays

BOSTON - In an effort to boost morale for sailors currently deployed through the holidays on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, Boston Celtics Guard Jason Terry called the sailors to let them know he and the Celtics are thankful for their service.

“Making this phone call puts the holidays in perspective. These sailors are fighting for our freedom and are the ones who are away from their families through the holidays,'' Terry said. "I just told them that I appreciate what they're doing, and we're happy to provide them a little entertainment while they're doing that on Christmas Day.''

USS John C Stennis began her eight month deployment in August to the western Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf. Stennis is nearly 1,100-feet-long, displaces 97,000 tons, carries over 70 aircraft, and has a crew of more than 5,000 sailors.

"I think this is a really good opportunity for Sailors to be able to talk to Terry," said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Anthony Black, from Phoenix. "Day-in and day-out we work long hours and when one of these chances pop up, it is a great morale booster for Sailors to know people back home do care."