Stuttgart Celebrates the Holidays in Style!

A recap of December events from our USO Center in Stuttgart.  Enjoy!

  • December 4, 2009 – USO Stuttgart participated in the Garrison’s tree lighting festival.  Volunteers manned a booth where they handed out program and event information and free wrapped Disney DVDs for the kids!
  • December 8-9, 2009 – Santa visited the Stuttgart USO three times over two days to take pictures with kids and give them each a gift!  He made a special appearance at our Time 4 Tots event this week and read the book, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” to 19 children!  In total, over 250 children were able to spend a few minutes with Santa, tell him what they would like for Christmas, and let mom or dad take a photo! USO Stuttgart uploaded all of the pictures to a free photo website so that those who did not bring a camera can download their own pictures.
  • December 13, 2009 – Eight single service members were treated to a free tour to the Stuttgart Christkindlmarkt including round-trip transportation, a concert in Stuttgart’s Old Castle, a hot beverage with souvenir mug, and a bratwurst.
  • December 16, 2009 – Eighty single or unaccompanied service members were treated to a full holiday meal of turkey, ham, and all the fixings plus dessert!  A Christmas gift trading game kept the evening lively and everyone went home with a gift from the USO!  The USAG Stuttgart Command Sergeant Major attended this special event and was very pleased with the turnout and how well the USO Stuttgart and its volunteers wokred together to bring a touch of home to our local community members!  A wonderful evening was had by all!
  • December 17, 2009 – Donations of homemade cookies were collected from local Girl Scout Troops and the German American Womens Club and then distributed to the barracks around USAG Stuttgart and mailed in care packages to Stuttgart members who are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia.  Approximately 400 service members were treated to this small touch of home for the holidays!
  • December 21-23, 2009 – USO Stuttgart provided free gift wrapping outside the main PX during PX opening hours each of these days.  Hundreds of festively decorated gifts will be under trees throught the Stuttgart community this year thanks to our dedicated volunteers!
  • December 24-25, 2009 – USO Stuttgart provided over 400 holiday goody bags to service members who “kept the watch” over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Stuttgart community.  This event was made possible by the generosity of the Stuttgart Community Spouses Club and our many volunteers who packaged the goodies and drove around the garrison on Christmas Eve to deliver them!

Block Leave – DFW USO Helps the Time Pass Quickly!

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Manns, provost marshal office noncommissioned officer for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, enjoys the Dallas Mavericks, NBA Basketball game, Dec. 8, when his rest and relaxation return flight to Iraq was delayed. The USO provided the tickets to Manns and seven other Soldiers, and the Mavericks rolled out the red carpet for the Soldiers. (Courtesy Photo via Blackanthem))

“As service members travel to and from their destinations for rest and relaxation from deployment, groups like the United Services Organization help to make their travel experience a little easier.

For Sgt. 1st Class Carl Manns, of South Bend, Ind., and a provost marshal office noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., being stuck at the Fort Worth-Dallas International Airport wasn’t such a bad thing.

After realizing that he was going to be at the airport longer than expected to to some baggage delays, Sgt. 1st Class Manns said that he went to the airport’s USO where he and seven other Soldiers were given free tickets to attend an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, Dec. 8…”

Read the entire story at Blackanthem Military News!