Justin Timberlake Hangs Out with USO Honorees at ‘Runner Runner’ Premiere

From left, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel A. Peikert, USO Airman of the Year Staff Sergeant Christopher D. Broyles, USO Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew "Chris" Munden and USO Marine of the Year Sergeant Andrew C. Seif pose for a photo with their significant others and Justin Timberlake (center) on Wednesday at the "Runner, Runner" premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Denise Truscello/WireImage

From left, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel A. Peikert, USO Airman of the Year Staff Sergeant Christopher D. Broyles, USO Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew “Chris” Munden and USO Marine of the Year Sergeant Andrew C. Seif pose for a photo with their significant others and Justin Timberlake (center) on Wednesday at the “Runner, Runner” premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Denise Truscello/WireImage

It’s going to be a hard anniversary to top.

Four USO service members of the year joined Justin Timberlake on the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie “Runner, Runner” on Wednesday night at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. USO supporter 20th Century Fox provided the Hollywood experience for the military couples.

The night had extra meaning for USO Marine of the Year Sgt. Andrew Seif and his wife, Dawn, who were celebrating their third wedding anniversary.

The four service members who attended the premiere – Seif, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel A. Peikert, USO Airman of the Year Staff Sergeant Christopher D. Broyles and USO Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew “Chris” Munden – will be honored at the USO Gala on Oct. 25 in Washington along with USO Soldier of the Year Sgt. Craig Warfle and USO National Guardsman of the Year Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Petersen.

NFL, USO Bring Live Football Broadcasts to Troops in Afghanistan

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The USO has partnered with the NFL to bring regular season games to troops stationed outside the U.S. who can’t subscribe to a wall-to-wall football cable packages like their counterparts in the states.

The NFL Game Pass program is already up and running at centers like USO Kandahar in Afghanistan, where games are live streamed on Sunday nights. Since USO Kandahar can play one additional game not available on American Forces Network, they hold a vote throughout the week to see which extra contest (beyond the games shown on AFN) troops will get to watch. USO Kandahar duty manager Daniel Wood said the center had more than 60 people stop in to vote on what game they wanted to see last week, with the winner being the bonus game streamed that night. Kandahar will hold a vote again this week, and expects to continue having big turnouts on Sunday nights.

–Story by USO Story Development

Our New Look

Yep, you’re still in the right place. Welcome to the new-look USO blog.

The new look comes amid several milestones: our 1,000th post, which came last month, and our 1 millionth visitor, which should happen sometime in the next three weeks.

And speaking of new looks, the USO has recently expanded its video storytelling operation. Check out these two stories from the last few weeks, both originally published on USO.org.

First, Gold Star Father Don Blanchard talks about his cross-country ride to honor his son who was killed in Afghanistan:

And here’s a look at last week’s USO 9/11 Service Project on Capitol Hill:

Barbecue Hosted by Fox News Reporter and Orioles Pitcher Raised More than $23,000 for USO

From left Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day and his wife, Fox News' Elizabeth Prann, pose with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's Elaine Rogers and John Fallon. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

From left Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day and his wife, Fox News’ Elizabeth Prann, pose with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s Elaine Rogers and John Fallon. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day and his wife, Fox News reporter Elizabeth Prann, presented a check for $23,463 to the USO during a ceremony on Thursday. The funds were raised during a Barbecue for the Troops event the couple held for the USO at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 4.

The August event featured a bullpen picnic-area barbeque that included a silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items provided and autographed by Orioles players. The Orioles also auctioned off the special Stars and Stripes hats the players wore during the team’s July 4 game against the Texas Rangers.

And to top it off, the Orioles  donated 50 tickets to USO Metro for Thursday night’s game so that local troops and their families could enjoy a night at the ballpark.

–Story by the USO

Drowning Pool Rocks 3 Stateside Bases on Latest USO Tour

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Multi-platinum hard rockers Drowning Pool are no strangers to life on the road. Having just concluded their summer tour and announcing their upcoming tour dates in Russia, one might think the band would be taking a much-needed break. Instead, they are busy showing their support for troops and military families as part of their second USO tour this year.

The band is traveling more than 1,300 miles over seven days to put on three USO concerts for troops and families. Having already hit Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. and F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., they’ll wrap their tour up tonight with a show at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

–Story by Sharee Posey, USO Senior Communications