USO Goes Down Under to Improve Life for Marines Training in Darwin, Australia

USO reps visit MRF-D Marines

Carolyn Harris, regional vice president, USO – Pacific, speaks to Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, on Friday at the USO day room. Photo courtesy of Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

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A Marine with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, stocks the USO day room fridge on Wednesday. Photo by Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

A Marine stocks the USO day room fridge on Wednesday. Photo by Marine Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

A USO contingent is in Darwin, Australia, this week to meet with troops from Marine Rotational Force – Darwin about how the organization can improve the organization’s setup there. The USO recently established a day room with gaming systems, TVs, Internet access and free snacks just steps away from the Marines’ barracks.

“We really like having the Internet. Everyone uses it,” Lance Cpl. Derrick Wastart told DVIDS. “We’re really thankful for it, especially because it’s one of our only means of communication to our families. We really appreciate it.”

Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is seen as a strategic U.S. training location in the Pacific.