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A Long Way from Home (Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea) #854097

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 22, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Reports on Americans serving overseas this holiday season introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The soldiers of 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Falcon near Baghdad, Iraq, featured; scenes shown of troops raiding homes, patrolling the streets, Christmas decorations at the barracks. [Sgt. Charles SMITH†, Capt. Adam GRIMM‡, Sgt. Michael WOODWARD†- comment on their mission.] [3 SOLDIERS – tell what they want for Christmas.] Iraqis’ fear of the Shiite police noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) The fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan noted.

(Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Martin Fletcher) Christmas for the 10th Mountain Division near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, featured; casualty figures cited; scenes shown. [Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy CARABELLO†- relates his Christmas message for his troops.] [Spc. James GERJIEL‡- says he’s been in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan during Christmas.] [Cpl. David JACKSON – comments on the gingerbread village he’s building.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Panmunjon, South Korea: Martin Savidge) Christmas for US troops at the Korean DMZ featured; scenes shown from Camp Bonifas†† of soldiers receiving Christmas stockings; details given about the job of Lt. Cmdr. Chris Dignan††, who mans the office on the border between North and South Korea. [DIGNAN – notes one phone doesn’t work and the other has a constant busy signal; speaks of the message of Christmas.]

Williams, Brian;
Maceda, Jim;
Fletcher, Martin;
Savidge, Martin

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