To Everyone at Home and Abroad: Merry Christmas from the GovX Staff

To Everyone at Home and Abroad: Merry Christmas from the GovX Staff

It’s the time of year when many of you are home with your families and friends. On Christmas morning, you may have a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate. Or perhaps you’re getting your morning started like my family does; enjoying mimosas that are heavier on the champagne than they are on the orange juice. (What can I say? We’re Irish.)

You’re getting ready to open presents, and you can’t help but feel a little wonderment building, and an eagerness to see others open the gifts you’ve put under the tree. (I hope you’ve got a GovX gift or two under there! I personally can’t wait for my family to unwrap their True Pints.)

Later, you might enjoy a huge dinner, and you’ll look around the table and be grateful for the company you keep in your life. It’s Christmas, and there’s a little holiday electricity in the air.

The trash can is stuffed with turkey or roast beef bones, or portions of gravy-laden mashed potatoes you were too full to finish, or untouched green beans your son or daughter decided not to eat. This all gets piled onto discarded wrapping paper, and you take it out before you go to bed.

Another Christmas come and gone.

But on the other side of the world, there’s a sailor stationed in Yokusaka, Japan. He’s aboard the USS Antietam or Blue Ridge or McCampbell, or one of the many ships of the Seventh Fleet. And he’s standing watch on the bridge. There, it’s the morning of December 26th. He’s wondering how his family and friends are enjoying their day. He misses home, but he knows that his job there is important, even if it’s just staying in port.

Or, there’s a Marine in Iraq. She’s part of a security guard detachment at the US Embassy, and it’s 10 o’clock at night. Her family watches the news and they know she’s in a dangerous country. And despite her repeated assurances that her workplace is at one of the most heavily fortified and protected areas on the planet, they still worry about her. They wish she was home on this day. She does too.

But you don’t have to be halfway around the world to miss out on the Christmas many of us typically enjoy. Consider an engineer at the fire house. He’s watching Die Hard with the rest of the boys in the common room—they do it every year—but then the call goes out and it’s time to gear up and get to work.

Remember the men and women out there doing their jobs on this day. Some of them may get to be home with their families and friends, but many of them might not. Last month, I joined a few of my coworkers at MCAS Miramar, where we served a Thanksgiving meal to the Marines who weren’t heading home to be with their families that day. We stood behind the trays and talked to them as they heaped their plates high with homemade food. Their hometowns were all over the country. Iowa. Michigan. Many folks from Texas. It reminded us that a person’s service can take them far away from home, even on holidays when it’s traditional to return.

We have plenty to be thankful for on this Christmas: Our friends, our family, maybe even some of the gifts we receive today, or the smiles on the faces of the people whom we give gifts of our own.

My coworkers and I on the GovX staff want to also thank the men and women who may not be home this day. Wherever you are, we hope you stay safe, and that you come home soon.

Merry Christmas, from all of us.

The annual GovX Thanksgiving meal at MCAS Miramar is a highlight of our year.

Leave a comment:

john a.

12/24/2015 11:23 AM

let's bring all our men home safe

Jeffrey J.

12/24/2015 11:24 AM

Everyone get home safely.

Daniel R.

12/24/2015 11:34 AM

Merry Christmas you and your staff thank you for being there for the troops veterans myself and my son, We appreciate everything you do for us.

Marc R.

12/24/2015 11:42 AM

So glad to read this from our friends at GOVX. This puts it in perspective, reminds us of the deployments overseas during the holidays and the kindness of our hosts in different parts of the world. But it also reminds us of why we did our jobs in the military and why today's military is on guard around the world and here at home.....patriotism, pride and protection of those who cannot protect themselves. Well stated GOVX. Merry Christmas to all of you at home and abroad, and thank you.

Diann J.

12/24/2015 11:43 AM

What a wonderful message! It is a reminder that regardless of what we have or don't have, there is always something to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do.

CHARLES M.

12/24/2015 11:44 AM

Merry Christmas to all our troops abroad!!! Being a veteran, I spent 2 Christmas's in Germany!! I know the feeling!! Now being a Houston Firefighter, I'm at the firehouse this Christmas Eve!!! Stay safe and May God Bless our troops and the GovX staff!!

Deborah M.

12/24/2015 11:46 AM

May all the men and women who serve realize that they are in our thoughts daily - morning, noon, and night.

john c.

12/24/2015 11:51 AM

On Christmas Eve 1968 I left my wife in Honolulu after R&R in Hawaii. I was looking forward to spending Christmas day with my unit & friends in Vietnam ( would have been better with family). I arrived in Vietnam on December 26th . There was no Christmas that year.

john c.

12/24/2015 11:52 AM

On Christmas Eve 1968 I left my wife in Honolulu after R&R in Hawaii. I was looking forward to spending Christmas day with my unit & friends in Vietnam ( would have been better with family). I arrived in Vietnam on December 26th . There was no Christmas that year.

john c.

12/24/2015 11:54 AM

On Christmas Eve 1968 I left my wife in Honolulu after R&R in Hawaii. I was looking forward to spending Christmas day with my unit & friends in Vietnam ( would have been better with family). I arrived in Vietnam on December 26th . There was no Christmas that year. John C.

David V.

12/24/2015 11:59 AM

Very nice sentiment on this Christmas Eve. Thank you.

Eric G.

12/24/2015 12:24 PM

Thank you to the GovX family for thinking of our families!

Alma L.

12/24/2015 12:24 PM

What a beautiful message! Happy Holidays GovX family. I am truly honored to be a customer!

Jacob M.

12/24/2015 12:35 PM

From an Airmen currently deployed to Afghanistan wishing he was home, I thank all of you at GOVX for the amazing support your company gives.

James j.

12/24/2015 1:50 PM

Thanks GOV-X. Good to see our veterans and duty personnel are being thought of and remembered. Yes- lets not forget our Public Safety, Fire/EMS and Hospital providers. JIMI ER RN, Veteran

Jack M.

12/24/2015 2:01 PM

Thank you very much for the message. I'm a combat veteran of the Army and I'm sure you know how much thoughts like the ones' that you've shared mean to the troops that aren't home this time of year. Thanks again, Jack Morgan.

Gerald C.

12/24/2015 2:04 PM

Twentynine Palms or the deserts of Arizona, outside MCAS Yuma, it was something to remember, we didn't want to be there, we didn't enjoy it, but we made the best of it. Thank you to all my brothers in sisters who made the memories lasting ones.

Kenny K.

12/24/2015 6:12 PM

Thx for saying "Merry Christmas" vice "Happy Holidays."

Steve G.

12/24/2015 7:23 PM

To be in a seemingly godless land, where you don't know the language, on such a holy night. Memories of Christmases past and uncertain future. Thank God we were raised in a country where we could believe in God and remember the reason for Christmas. Thanks for the sentiment and kind thoughts. SFC G

John F.

12/24/2015 8:07 PM

God bless the police and the soldiers!

Armando M.

12/24/2015 10:26 PM

God bless & Merry Christmas brothers & sisters!!!! hooyah!

Irene D.

12/24/2015 11:24 PM

Merry Christmas to the staff and all of the Men and Women wherever they may be. Thank you for your service and for helping all of us enjoy the freedom we have. May you all come home safely. God Bless you and Thank you.

Frank C.

12/25/2015 7:37 AM

God Gave Himself “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) It is singularly appropriate that we look at this greatest of all verses on Christmas Day, for it records the greatest of all gifts. The theme of giving is very prominent in the Bible, with such words as “give,” “gift,” “gave,” etc., occurring more than 2,100 times. The first is Genesis 1:16-17 when God created the sun, moon, and stars “to give light upon the earth,” and the last is Revelation 22:12 when Christ will return with His rewards to “give every man according as his work shall be.” “He . . . gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons,” as well as “life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 14:17; 17:25). But the greatest gift, clearly, was when God gave Himself for a lost and undeserving world. It was the greatest gift because it met the greatest need, revealed the greatest love, and had the greatest scope and purpose of any gift that could ever be conceived in the heart of an omniscient Creator. That was not the end of His giving, of course. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). “Trust . . . in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). This great gift of God is abundantly sufficient to provide salvation and everlasting life for the whole world. But a gift only becomes a gift when it is accepted, and the greatest of all tragedies is that this greatest of all gifts has been spurned and even ridiculed, or—worst of all—simply ignored by multitudes who need it so much. When they brazenly refuse God’s free gift of everlasting life, they can only perish in everlasting death. God did all He could do when He gave His Son; for when He gave His Son, He gave Himself. HMM

Cecilia S.

12/25/2015 1:24 PM

Thanks to all of the GOVX family, you remember all members of the Service industry. God bless you and like you said, those at home and abroad who voluntarily serve this great country.

Dusty K.

12/28/2015 5:19 AM

Awesome. Thank you and Thanks and God Bless all who serve (Military, Fire, Police)!

Jeffrey W.

12/28/2015 5:43 AM

Nice job Brent!

Warren Gair M.

12/28/2015 12:23 PM

Thanks for your message. As I spent my first Christmas on active duty in the Navy on an LST off the coast of Beirut back in 1983, I appreciate my fellow veterans who continue to stand watch - day and night - around the world. We must never forget that others are serving and sacrificing to protect us. I encourage everyone to actively support U.S. veterans by contributing time or money to a charitable organization like Wreaths Across America, to support your local VFW or American Legion chapter, or to form a veterans affinity support group where you work. Thanks to GovX for its continuing support!

Cam H.

12/29/2015 8:16 AM

I wanted to say thank you to Govx for all the videos and emails like this that means a lot! im a volunteer firefighter i'm thankful i was blessed to spend time with family on Christmas eve and day but i spent most of the time at the firehouse that's what i usually do we are a all volunteer county. thank you to all the men and women who are over seas or even local that did not have the opportunity to be home at all i appreciate everything y'all do!