Memorial Day Ride2Recovery Challenge

Marine Corporal Casey Robertson and his son Ethan created a special bike so he could ride with his dad. His goal was to bike all day... "or at least until lunch!"

On a hot, sunny Memorial Day, more than 300 athletes gathered at Whipple Field in Ft. Myer to bike through scenic Virginia for the next few days. Ride2Recovery hold cycling events all over the nation to benefit Mental and Physical Rehabilitation Programs for our country’s wounded troops. The 4th Annual Memorial Day Challenge kicked off with a performance by the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and some encouraging words from AF Vice Chief Breedlove and Dep. Sec. John Campbell. Next country music star Emily West, who performed a special concert for the participants the night before, performed an emotional rendition of the National Anthem and then they were off! – Vyque White, USO

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Supporting Our Troops is a Piece of Cake!

Want to say thanks to the men and women of the U.S. armed services who protect our freedom every day? It’s a piece of cake! Visit tasteofhome.com/flagcake before July 4, 2011, and “Taste of Home” will donate 10 cents to the USO for every person who views this recipe (up to $100,000)! Every dime donated allows a service member in Iraq or Afghanistan to call home for two minutes!

Pro vs. GI Joe Heads to Indy 500

On Wednesday, May 26, IndyCar racers used to gripping a steering wheel will pick up their instruments to compete against service members in Guitar Hero 5®. The competition is another interactive adventure put on by the Pro vs. GI Joe program, sponsored by the USO and Activision.

As part of Indy 500 Community Day, IndyCar drivers Townsend Bell, Raphael Matos, Davey Hamilton and Simona De Silvestro will take on troops based in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as local troops from the Indianapolis National Guard, who will be taking on the racers in person. The virtual “battle of the bands” will get going on the Coca-Cola stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. – Christian Pelusi, USO

Watch this sample of a past Pro vs. GI Joe event.

“Fort Knox” Coloring Sheet for Memorial Day

It's coloring time!

The creator of the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Fort Knox” salutes
those who participated in the World War II home front beginning May 23rd.
In his comic, his main character will meet a “Rosie” and learn about the
importance of the workers on the home front and how they helped change the
world. The special week of strips concludes with a Memorial Day comic strip
that has been turned into a special coloring sheet for kids.
To learn more about the Rosies and the home front effort, please visit
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

Download the full size coloring sheet here:Fort Knox Memorial Day Coloring Sheet [PDF]

Warrior Games Wrap With Inspiration, Awards, Entertainment

After five days of fierce competition that resulted in scrapes, bruises, malfunctioning equipment, teamwork, cheers and friendly needling among the 200-plus athletes competing in the second annual Warrior Games, it was time to tie everything up. 

Athletes, family and friends gathered at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena on May 21 to look back on the exciting and inspirational week. 

Emcee Charlie Huebner was occasionally moved to emotion, but kept the event moving while announcing the winner of the Chairman’s Cup, which the Marines claimed for a second year. After a tie last year, Huebner also crowned a sole Ultimate Champion, who was also a Marine. Jonathan Disbro earned 16 points in the events that comprise the Ultimate Champion competition: swimming, shooting, track and field and cycling. 

Perhaps the most moving moment of the closing ceremonies was when Huebner recognized Alfred de los Santos, a member of the Special Operations team who completed the last two kilometers of the mens’10-kilometer handcycle race by pushing himself with his hands after a chain malfunction temporarily sidelined his efforts. 

The evening wouldn’t have been complete without comments from Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Via a recorded message, Mullen offered his congratulations, praise and encouragement. A highlight video of the week and an inspirational talk from John Register, a former collegiate All-American in track and field, Army veteran and above-knee amputee concluded the closing ceremonies.

But the night had just started as Grammy Award-winning Colbie Caillat took the stage after taking time to meet with about a dozen wounded warriors before the closing ceremony began, calling them “inspirational” in a press conference that followed.

Hooah! Oohrah! Go Navy! Go Air Force! We’ll see you all next year! – Vyque White, USO