Bush's Thanksgiving calls include Mesa serviceman

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard seaman from Mesa was among 11 service members who received Thanksgiving phone calls from President George W. Bush on Thursday.

The White House press office says Seaman Mike Manning is deployed in Attu, Alaska, where he's a watch-stander in his ship's engineering department.

Bush told Manning that he's proud of his service and thanked him for "stepping up and honoring your country."

The president added that he was "proud to be your commander in chief" and thanked him "for being out there and securing our country's future."

Bush told Manning and the other service members that Thanksgiving is a time for family, but he's also been thinking about the troops who are overseas.

Bush and his family are spending his final Thanksgiving as president at Camp David.

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