Through USO-Metro, BAE Systems and its employees donated 100 Christmas trees and trimmings for troops and their families on Sunday at the Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland. USO-Metro selected 100 military families from the area bases to receive trees, stands, and decorations. Families also enjoyed free hayrides, craft tables, and refreshments.
“Thank you so much for an amazing day. The memories from today will stay with our family forever. The USO has helped us this year with a real tree. This was the first year since my husband was one-year-old that he has had a real tree, so to be able to allow him the experience and adventure of cutting down his first live tree with his son there was priceless. Enjoy the pictures and again Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Holly Allen, wife of Kevin D. Allen.
Keep up the great work, USO-Metro!
This Friday, the denizens of Fort Hood will hold “Community Strong,” an event to show how they’ve rallied together to support their Troops, families, and everyone touched by the events of November 5. The USO has been there all the way, providing basic needs to those on the base in the aftermath, and continuing that support to this day from our USO Center and USO Mobile units, and other locations on base.
Now it’s YOUR chance to show your support for Fort Hood! Use the hashtag #CommunityStrong all this week whenever you talk about Fort Hood, culminating on Friday when we hope the anticipated 50,000 attendees will help make this a trending topic on Twitter. How cool would that be? Make sure to follow us @the_USO and we’ll retweet live updates from the event. “Tweet” you there!
The USO Board of Governors has named General Richard B. Myers (USAF, ret.) chairman-elect. General Myers will work with other board members, Chairman Edward Reilly and USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson in this capacity until November 2010, at which time he will become Chairman of the Board of Governors.
“The USO is hard at work lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families serving around the world,” said Reilly. “General Myers brings a wealth of operational experience and strategic vision that will guide the USO as we support those who serve our nation.”
General Myers, originally from Kansas City, Mo., has served on the board since being elected in 2006. Prior to joining the USO Board of Governors, he was the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming chairman, he served as vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. Having served in the Air Force since 1965, his career included operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force and joint assignments. He is the author of Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security.
A graduate of Kansas State University, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University, completed the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. General Myers also serves on several public and non-profit boards and lectures nationally on national security issues and leadership. He is Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University.