USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) – The manager of the Boston Red Sox and a member of the Boston Celtics made a special phone call to spread holiday wishes to deployed Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Dec. 20.

Red Sox manager John Farrell and Boston Celtics point guard Jason Terry called to thank Sailors for their service and let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.

“On behalf of myself, the Celtics and the entire NBA family, I want to thank ya’ll for your service and dedication to this country and wish you all very happy holidays and a happy new year,” said Terry.

“From all the people back in the states, I would like to say thank you for protecting us and our freedom,” said Farrell.

“Being a long time fan of the game of baseball, it was very refreshing to reap the benefits of sharing knowledge of the game with Farrell,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman David Worrell, from Bridgeport, Conn.

Eleven Sailors were present for the calls, most of whom grew up near the Boston area.

The phone calls gave the Sailors a pause from their normal routine of supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I thought it was really nice for him [Farrell] to take time out of his schedule and call us,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Steve Eidsvaag, from Kingston, Mass. “It was good to talk sports and take a break from work.”

Seattle-native, Terry is a winner of the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year Award and a member of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Champions.

“I thought this a really good opportunity,” 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, I think it is a great morale booster for the Sailors to know people back home do care.”

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) are forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet are of operations to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.

For more information on the JCSCSG, please visit www.stennis.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/stennis74.

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Sailors aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) speak on the telephone to Boston Celtics point guard Jason Terry. Terry wished them a happy holiday and thanked them for their service. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

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