The USO’s Board of Governors Visit Centers in Southwest Asia

Two members of the USO Board of Governors recently toured Kuwait as part of a three-day trip. Dennis Swanson and Sue Timken were accompanied by Sue’s husband William Timken, former US ambassador to Germany, and representatives of other major USO partners, including Sally Ann Zoll, CEO of United Through Reading; Steven Nardizzi, CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project; Mary Louise Austin, CEO of USO Georgia; and Bruce Nitsche of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The overall mission of the trip was to give the board and major stakeholders a chance to see the USO in action.  The tour kicked off with an in-depth look of the Wounded Warrior Unit at Camp Arifjan, where they all got a chance to meet with service members in recovery.  Day two of their journey brought them to Camp Ali Al Salem where USO center director Val Burnham and a few duty managers presented the group with a rundown of the special USO programs, which have started there and are actually implemented at various centers across Kuwait.

After Camp Ali Al Salem it was off to Camp Buehring, where they got a chance to see the difference a few miles make since the two bases are only about 25 miles apart. That night the board members wanted to take some of the USO volunteers out to dinner as a thank you. The last day of the tour the group visited Camp Virginia. At Camp Virginia they got a chance to see the base and what it’s really like for the soldiers there.

We’d like to thank all of these guests for spending time at our centers in Kuwait.  You are welcome back any time!


Dr. Seuss continues to unite family members half way around the world. Sally Zoll CEO of United Through Reading discusses a service member’s book selection while he waits to read to a love one at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Sally was part of a three day USO Board of Governors tour of Kuwait. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

Even after volunteering 30 hours in three days, this USO volunteer still has a smile on his face as he poses with members of the USO Board of Governors, Dennis Swanson and Sue Timken at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

USO Board of Governors member Sue Timken gets a chance to get in on the action when multiple people came up to the USO front desk counter as she checks in service members at USO Camp Buehring. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

USO Board of Governors member Sue Timken (center) gets a chance to feel as confidant as most soldiers do. Timken along with other board members took time to thank service members for all they do while serving in the Persian Gulf. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

Some USO volunteers were so excited to have a nice dinner thanks to the USO Board of Governors who took them to the Seven Seas restaurant in Kuwait City. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

USO volunteers at Camp Ali Al Salem take time to greet USO Board of Governors members and other dignitaries on one of their stops during their tour in Kuwait. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

USO Board of Governors members spend time with troops assigned to the Wounded Warrior Unit at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. This was just one of their stops as part of a three day tour of Kuwait. (USO Photo by Duane DeVorak)

The USO Proudly Welcomes Christopher E. Kubasik to our Board of Governors

The USO Board of Governors welcomes its newest member, Lockheed Martin Corporation president and chief operating officer Christopher E. Kubasik.

“What a stellar addition to the USO Board,” said Edward Reilly, Chairman of the USO Board of Governors. “Chris’s leadership at Lockheed Martin and his solid financial and operational background will be especially important as the USO continues to serve the needs of U.S. troops and their families.”

Kubasik, 48, was elected president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation effective January 1, 2010. Before his appointment, he served as executive vice president of the corporation’s Electronic Systems Business Area, with$11.6 billion of revenue for 2008 and a portfolio of more than 1,400 programs and customers in 43 nations. He was named as the corporation’s chief financial officer in February 2001. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Kubasik was with Ernst & Young, LLP, where he was admitted to the partnership in 1996.

Kubasik is Chairman of the Board of Sandia Corporation, which operates the Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy. He also serves on the Association of the United States Army Council of Trustees and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees.

He received an Executive Engineering Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and completed the Systems Acquisition Management Course for Flag Officers at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1983, graduating magna cum laude.

We’re thrilled to have him serving on our Board of Governors – welcome!

General Richard B. Myers Named Chairman-Elect For The USO Board of Governors

The USO Board of Governors has named General Richard B. Myers (USAF, ret.) chairman-elect. General Myers will work with other board members, Chairman Edward Reilly and USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson in this capacity until November 2010, at which time he will become Chairman of the Board of Governors.

“The USO is hard at work lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families serving around the world,” said Reilly. “General Myers brings a wealth of operational experience and strategic vision that will guide the USO as we support those who serve our nation.”

Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to the troops at an USO show on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on August 19, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by SPC Joshua Balog)

General Myers, originally from Kansas City, Mo., has served on the board since being elected in 2006. Prior to joining the USO Board of Governors, he was the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming chairman, he served as vice chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. Having served in the Air Force since 1965, his career included operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force and joint assignments. He is the author of Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security.

A graduate of Kansas State University, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University, completed the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. General Myers also serves on several public and non-profit boards and lectures nationally on national security issues and leadership. He is Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University.