Remembering Lena Horne

USO entertainer and singer Lena Horne (C), shown with a service member (L) and USO volunteer (R) in an undated photo. (Photo property of USO Archives)

This week we marked the passing of iconic singer and actress Lena Horne, who also toured extensively with the USO during WWII on the West Coast and in the South. She also appeared on the Armed Forces Radio Service programs Jubilee, G.I. Journal, and Command Performances.  We thank her for her service and her support of our Troops!

Warrior Games Get Off to a Great Start

Rolling Thunder motorcyclists raise an American Flag May 10, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of the inaugural Warrior Games celebration. Members from various Rolling Thunder chapters transported the American Flag from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York to the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. then to the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and to the Olympic Training Center. The Warrior Games takes place May 10-14 here for wounded servicemembers and disabled veterans to compete in paralympic-type events. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden)

From Fred Baker III, American Forces Press Service: “The ceremony began much as any typical military procession does – with troops called to formation.

Legendary former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach lights the ceremonial torch at the inaugural Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10, 2010. Staubach is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and Vietnam veteran. Athletes from each of the services will compete in archery, cycling, basketball, shooting, swimming, track and field and volleyball during the week-long games.

“I need a four-man front. Give me a four-man front,” yelled a platoon leader.

The troops joked and shifted, jostling about and adjusting spacing.

“Everybody in this row right here, shift back one,” the leader called out.

The commands for uniformity kept coming, customary of getting a platoon ready to look its best.

“If you’ve got a water bottle, get rid of it!”

“Zippers should be zipped up to the writing on the jackets.”

But for all of the commands sounded, one stood out and marked the uniqueness of both the occasion and the troops who made up the ranks.

“If you’re in a wheelchair, move to the front.”

About 200 servicemembers marched down the center of the U.S. Olympic Training Center here yesterday before an enthusiastic crowd of local people, families and volunteers at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Warrior Games.” Click here to read the rest of the article and enjoy greetings and well wishes from a round the world for the athletes participating in the inaugural Warrior Games!

South Carolina Declares May “USO Awareness Month”

Way to go, USO of South Carolina, in getting May to be officially recognized as “USO Awareness Month.”  This is especially exciting considering that the USO at Columbia Metropolitan Airport will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on June 3.  We’re proud of Center Director Joanie Thresher, our staff, volunteers, and all of the Troops who use this facility and hope you’ll join us in wishing them a Happy USO Awareness Month!

Click here to watch some videos from Midlands Connect that talk more about the great work USO South Carolina is doing and to learn how YOUR donations can make a difference!