It’s Your USO Stories: “Huggin’ and Kissin’ Grandmas”

“When my husband was returning to Afghanistan on Oct. 31st, 2007, he went to check out the DFW USO and met two of the greatest ladies I now have the pleasure to know, Linda Tinneman and Constance Carmen, aka huggin and kissin grandmas.

On that Halloween they dressed up in costumes and took pictures of my husband which they sent to his email and I got to see.  I then contacted these ladies when I found out I would have a connecting flight through DFW in Dec. and they met my flight with their matching t-shirts and pom poms and I got to hug and kiss them as well as hand out the infantry pins I had brought for them.

We have stayed in touch through Facebook and emails and when my husband came back through DFW for R&R two weeks ago, I emailed them and Linda was able to meet his flight and Constance came over and they bought him lunch.  The are planning to meet again when he goes back over in a couple of days.  These ladies are awesome and give me positive support and encouragement about the things I attempt to accomplish as an Army wife, as well as just thoroughly loving service members.

I want to be just like them when I grown up.” -Connie M.

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Block Leave – DFW USO Helps the Time Pass Quickly!

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Manns, provost marshal office noncommissioned officer for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, enjoys the Dallas Mavericks, NBA Basketball game, Dec. 8, when his rest and relaxation return flight to Iraq was delayed. The USO provided the tickets to Manns and seven other Soldiers, and the Mavericks rolled out the red carpet for the Soldiers. (Courtesy Photo via Blackanthem))

“As service members travel to and from their destinations for rest and relaxation from deployment, groups like the United Services Organization help to make their travel experience a little easier.

For Sgt. 1st Class Carl Manns, of South Bend, Ind., and a provost marshal office noncommissioned officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., being stuck at the Fort Worth-Dallas International Airport wasn’t such a bad thing.

After realizing that he was going to be at the airport longer than expected to to some baggage delays, Sgt. 1st Class Manns said that he went to the airport’s USO where he and seven other Soldiers were given free tickets to attend an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns, Dec. 8…”

Read the entire story at Blackanthem Military News!