Deployed Colorado Springs airman gets Christmas call from the White House

Staff reports Published: December 25, 2013 | 2:15 pm 0

A Colorado Springs airman stationed in Afghanistan got an unexpected Christmas Day call - from President Barack Obama.

Staff Sergeant Michael Stevenson was selected by the Air Force and the White House to receive one of the annual calls the President makes to deployed service members on the holiday.

"To be honest, I was definitely surprised," Stevenson was quoted as saying in an Air Force news release. "Something like this doesn't happen to everyone and it's a once in a life time deal.

"The President wanted to personally thank me and my family for our sacrifices for our country and he asked me to forward his blessings to my fellow airmen at the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

"He also said that my wife is in his prayers, as she has been fighting breast cancer for three years," said Stevenson.

Stevenson knew it wasn't a joke after he received a few test calls from the White House.

"After holding for a few minutes and getting test calls from the White House, I knew it was true and not a joke, but when the President of the United States came on the line and said "What's up Mike," I was shocked to hear it was him. The whole time I was nervous knowing the President is going to call me!"

It's a moment he promises he won't forget.

"That phone call made my deployment special and it's one Christmas story that will be passed on to my children and grandkids," said Stevenson.

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