President Bush called four service members with Texas ties and others to extend his best wishes.
Three of those receiving holiday greetings are in the Army, two
are Marines, three are in the Air Force, two serve in the Coast
Guard and two in the Navy. White House press secretary Dana Perino
says the troops called are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and aboard
Among those the president called are:
-Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cimarron Reeves in Iraq, who does
post-blast analysis that is vital to counter Improvised Explosive
Devices. Reeves' wife, Gloria, and his mother, Liliana, live in San
-Army Staff Sgt. William Cannon in Iraq, who supervises howitzer
training. Cannon's wife, Michelle, lives at Fort Hood, Texas.
-Coast Guard Food Service Spec. Second Class Michael Smith in
the Arabian Gulf, who drafts message traffic coordinating ship
movements, handles fueling and coordinates the purchases of
supplies and equipment. His wife, Kristi, lives in Houston.
-Coast Guard Operation Spec. Second Class Dustin Bingham, who is deployed in the Eastern Pacific and trains shipmates in law
enforcement. His parents, Brian and Kellie Bingham, are from Mason,
Texas, about 120 miles west of Austin.
Perino said the president asked for God's blessings on the
members of the military.
The president was celebrating the holiday today at Camp David
with his wife, Laura, and their twin daughters. Also present were
daughter Jenna's husband-to-be Henry Hager, some of the president's
brothers and sisters with their families, and Secretary of State