Airmen March from Base to Base for USO

USO Delaware's Center Director Joan Cote (r) hits the 17-mile marker with walkers during the 3rd Annual Base to Base March on May 21, 2010.

The 3rd annual Base 2 Base March commenced on May 21, with  four dozen participants undertaking a 22-hour,  47-mile ruck march from the Delaware Air National Guard headquarters in New Castle to the Dover Air Force Base.  And the money raised – over $1000 this year alone – goes to the USO!

“I would love for deployed servicemembers to see we are thinking of them every day,” Tech. Sgt. David Jackson told Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle of 512th AW Public Affairs. “We may be bruised and blistered today, but they do this all the time. This (Base 2 Base March) is just a way of showing our appreciation for what they do.”

“The USO Delaware is thrilled that Sergeant Jackson has honored us with his Base 2 Base March,” said Joan Cote, USO Delaware director. “It brings awareness about the USO and also provides funding to support his military peers. It’s pretty remarkable that this Air Force member takes time away from his family life after a hectic work schedule to coordinate and complete this incredible event year after year. I don’t think many people realize what a difficult task the march is. That’s pretty impressive.”

This event would not have been possible without the dedicated walkers, volunteers, and other folks who made it possible.  It was tough going at times, but those who completed the walk all crossed the finish line together, showing that teamwork and support make anything possible.  Way to go!

Jimmie Johnson Hosts Benefit Concert for Soldiers

(L to R) NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, USO of North Carolina's Megan Grady, President and COO for USO of North Carolina John Falkenbury, and Grammy-award winning musician Darius Rucker came out to support the Lowe's USO Family Fund. (Photo courtesy of WCNC.com)

By now you’ve probably heard the exciting news about the Lowe’s USO Family Fund, which support family programming at the USO.  On Thursday, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson hosted a special concert at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC, with musical performance by Darius Rucker…all to support the Fund!

“It means a lot to all of us and I think it’s really big for the city to have the race here in town,” Johnson told WCNC.com in Charlotte. “Drivers and almost everyone knows this is a big opportunity to be home and wine and dine some folks to show our appreciation to the fans.”  You can check out footage of the night’s events in a short clip below.

It was a great night for our Troops and the best part (besides supporting the USO, of course!) is that YOU can view the concert on the SPEED Channel at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010 – just one week from tonight.  In the meantime, show your support for the Lowe’s USO Family Fund by visiting www.uso.org/lowes, by texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation, or by calling 1-800-876-7469 and using giving codes “Lowe’s,” “Jimmie Johnson,” or “Racing.”  Thanks for your support!

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