CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Services, June 12, 2008) - From thousands of miles away, Soldiers are able to keep in touch with their loved ones through a program called "Operation Storytime."

Capt. Charles Leggett, chaplain for the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, in support of Multi-National Division-Baghdad, first began the project during his last deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in 2004.

"A suggestion was made to bring a video camera to record letters and send them home via DVD. I had the video camera and (some) software for editing, so it became my project," Leggett said.

Some time later, numerous children's books were donated to Leggett. He and a few of his colleagues sat down to brainstorm. Their vote was unanimous.

Operation Storytime turned over a new leaf and was restructured to include the recording of "bedtime" stories to families back home.

"This time around, I have a much better camera and professional editing software; I can do even more with the video," Leggett continued.

For almost four years now, Operation Storytime has reached the hearts of more than 300 families and continues to keep them in touch during the hardships of long deployments.

(Spc. Michelle Meadows serves with the 1st Sustainment Brigade, Public Affairs Office, in support of Multi National Division-Baghdad)