Maryland soldier gets Christmas phone call from President Obama

Maryland National Guard Sgt. Samantha Sherrill received a phone call on Christmas morning from President Barack Obama.

A soldier in the Maryland National Guard received a Christmas morning telephone call from President Obama expressing his gratitude — and that of the American people — for her service.

Sgt. Samantha Sherrill, an air traffic controller with 29th Combat Aviation Brigade and a Randallstown native, received the call after she and her fellow members of the 29th's F Company, 1st Battalion 111th General Support Aviation Battalion, flew to Kuwait on the last aircraft out of Iraq in support of operations.

According to an Army spokesman, her brigade is expected to finish its year-long deployment in Kuwait.