USO Centers Around the Globe Honored at Annual Awards Presentation

An inside view of the USO at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

An inside view of the USO at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–A host of USO centers took home honors this week – including top overall center USO Las Vegas McCarran International Airport – at Wednesday’s Second Annual Tell USO Awards. The awards are broken down by region and based solely on survey responses given by the troops and families who used the USO’s 160-plus locations around the world in 2013.

Here’s the list of winners:

Top Center: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

United States

  • Top Domestic Airport Center, Small Division: Houston Hobby Airport
  • Top Domestic Airport Center, Medium Division: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  • Top Domestic Airport Center, Large Division: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  • Top Domestic Installation Center, Small Division: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Top Domestic Installation Center, Medium Division: Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Top Domestic Installation Center, Large Division: Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (NMPS)
  • Top Community Center: San Antonio Downtown

Europe

  • Top Europe Center, Small Division: Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
  • Top Europe Center, Large Division: NSA Capodichino Air Terminal, Naples, Italy

Pacific

  • Top Pacific Center, Small Division: Osan Air Base, South Korea
  • Top Pacific Center, Large Division: Guam

Southwest Asia

  • Top Southwest Asia Center, Small Division: Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan
  • Top Southwest Asia Center, Large Division: Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Other Awards

  • Most Improved Center: Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Most Improved Center: Boston Logan International Airport
  • Most Improved Center: Camp Marmal, Afghanistan
  • Up and Coming Center: NCBC Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Up and Coming Center: Dulles International Airport, Virginia
  • Up and Coming Center: Fayetteville Regional Airport, North Carolina

Video: NASCAR Stars Turn Out to Sign USO Every Moment Counts Flag at the Coke 600

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–NASCAR drivers are the latest celebrities to sign The USO’s Every Moment Counts Flag. The USO is in Charlotte this weekend with Presidents Circle partner Coca-Cola for Sunday’s Coke 600. Press play to see what happened when drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Casey Mears, David Ragan, Josh Wise and others autographed the flag. And don’t forget to thank America’s troops and help the USO break a Guinness World Record by adding your name.

–Video by Joseph Andrew Lee

Video: USO, Congress and Sesame Street Team Build Warrior Care Packs for Recovering Troops

WASHINGTON—The USO enlisted help from Sesame Street and members of Congress to assemble 1,500 USO Warrior Care Packs for wounded, ill and injured troops at a service project Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

“The USO has always symbolized the outward expression of America’s commitment to our warriors, and now more than ever I think it’s so important,” said Congressman Tim Walz, a USO Congressional Caucus Co-Chair. “The American people care deeply, but they’re busy. … That’s where you and the USO come in to make sure to let them know that we are thinking of them — every moment of every day.”

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Katie – a muppet created especially for the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – helped Congress members and their aides assemble packages in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building. Those packages will head overseas for troops who need them most. Learn more about the USO Warrior Care Pack program and the Sesame Street/USO tour at USO.org.

–Video by Joseph Andrew Lee

 

5 Things You Can Do to Thank America’s Troops on Armed Forces Day

DOD photo

Department of Defense photo

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, making it the perfect day to show your support for America’s troops stationed around the world. Here are five ways to show your thanks to America’s troops and their families:

1. Thank a service member: Whether you see someone in uniform traveling through the airport or know one of your neighbors is in the National Guard, take a moment to thank them for their service.

2. Sign the USO flag online: This is perhaps the easiest-to-achieve entry on the list. Just go to USOmoments.org and sign the flag. You’ll get to show our troops your appreciation and help the USO break a Guinness World Record.

3. Share your thanks on social media: The USO has 30,000 interactions with troops every day at our 160-plus centers around the globe. But while we’re making them feel home away from home in person, you can let them know how you feel about them by tweeting or Facebooking your message and then adding the hashtag #USOmoments at the end. And don’t forget to follow the USO on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

4. Head to a Major League game in one of these four cities: The USO will have a significant presence at ballparks around the country on Saturday. If you’re going to a game in Chicago (Cubs), Cleveland, Houston or Washington, take a walk to find the USO booth and sign a piece of the Every Moment Counts flag. Then, take a photo of yourself near the flag table and put it on Twitter or Instagram with the #USOmoments hashtag. We’ll pick one winner next week to send an Every Moment Counts T-shirt.

5. And if you’re in North Carolina … : You can celebrate all day in the Tar Heel state, as Gov. Pat McCrory issued an official citation proclaiming May 17 as Armed Forces Day to celebrate the state’s 800,000 veterans and 132,000 uniformed personnel:

N.C. Proclamation Armed Forces Day