Omahan airman gets holiday call from Chuck Hagel

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — While making a round of Thanksgiving Day calls to deployed service members, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found that he had plenty to talk about with a young airman serving in Afghanistan.

Like Hagel, Staff Sgt. Jerry T. Nong is from Nebraska, having grown up in Omaha. And Nong was born in Vietnam, the country where Hagel was twice wounded as a volunteer infantry sergeant in the Vietnam War.

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