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


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


  • 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


Photos: Celebrites sign the USO flag in Las Vegas

The USO Every Moment Counts flag got some love from a star-studded crowd in Las Vegas this week. Celebrities like David Spade, Lance Bass, Jennifer Lopez and Jordin Sparks all stopped by the USO booth to sign our flag and to help the USO break a Guinness World Record for most signatures on a flag.

See who else signed the flag in Las Vegas:

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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