Bringing the Big Game to the Troops: USO Centers Around the World Prep for Super Bowl XLIX Festivities

1779696_831008323606850_488918148582461606_nAs America sits down to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots this Sunday, troops at home and overseas will head to their local USO centers to catch the big game.

Here’s a roundup of some of the Super Bowl festivities at USO centers around the world.

Southwest Asia

USO Kandahar, Afghanistan
Super Bowl festivities will start bright and early at USO Kandahar, where the party begins at 2:30 a.m. local time.

The base will provide roughly 300 pizzas to be split between the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center and the USO, where the game will be playing all morning long. During halftime, troops can win a number of prizes, including a new bike and an iPad Mini, as well as participate in Super Bowl trivia.

Check out some of the photos from last year’s festivities:

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USO Camp Buerhring, Kuwait
Troops stationed at Camp Buehring can get into the Super Bowl spirit with a pregame tailgate party beginning at 6 p.m. local time.

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In addition to a hot wing eating contest, service members can participate in video game competition, listen to music and win a number of prizes before tuning into the game. At kickoff, partygoers can fill up on a subway and milkshake bar and participate in a raffle to win prizes every quarter.

Take a look at some of the fun from last year’s event:

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USO Bagram, Afghanistan

Troops stationed at Bagram can head to the USO for an early morning pre-game party at 4 a.m. local time. There will be drinks, chips, football-shaped pancakes and waffles for everyone to enjoy. Partygoers can also participate in football-themed trivia during the game. Here’s a few snaps from last year’s fun:

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Europe

USO Grafenwoehr, Germany
Service members and their families stationed near Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, Germany, can enjoy finger foods and drinks at a special pregame tailgate party before enjoying dinner at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Although the game doesn’t start until 12:30 a.m., troops will be able to win raffle prizes and participate in poker tournaments and other fun activities before kickoff.

USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany

The USO Warrior Center will host a Super Bowl Party on game day for patients, families and medical staff. Service members can watch football-themed movies all day leading up to an Italian dinner kicking off the evening’s festivities at 8 p.m. local time. From 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. local time, troops can enjoy finger foods, watch the game and win football movie DVD giveaways.

USO Ramstein Air Base Passenger Terminal, Germany

The USO at the Ramstein PAX will host a special PAX personnel chili cookoff to celebrate Super Bowl XLIX. Troops on the move through Ramstein will be able to feast on all the competitors’ dishes while enjoying cornbread with honey butter and other refreshments before settling in to watch the game.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center USO, Germany

On Friday before the big game, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center USO center will be decked out in football decor to help staff members get in the mood for Sunday’s showdown. Service members can face off in team trivia to win USO tour vouchers as well as play table football and enjoy tailgate appetizers.

Pacific

USO Guam
For troops stationed in Guam, where they say “America’s day begins,” the party starts at 7:30 a.m. local time. Breakfast, lunch and snacks courtesy of Triple J Five Star Foods and the Pacific Islands Club will be served at various time throughout the morning.

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In addition to watching the game on 10 screens throughout the center, service members can also enjoy cake to celebrate the USO’s upcoming 74th Anniversary.

USO Camp Courtney, Japan
Service members can head to USO Camp Courtney for Super Bowl festivities starting at 7 a.m. local time.

In addition to food and beverages, troops will also be able to showcase their video game skills on PS4 or Xbox One.

USO Camp Schwab, Japan
USO Camp Schwab will be ready for football-loving troops at 7 a.m. local time with finger food, popcorn and drinks in addition to nine televisions tuned into the big game.

Want a glimpse of what the party will look like? Check out photos from the 2013 event:

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USO Sasebo, Japan
Starting at 8 a.m. local time, troops stationed near Sasebo can head to the Fleet Landing for a USO Super Bowl party. Service members can enjoy snacks while rooting for their favorite team.

USO Camp Hansen, Japan
Starting at 8 a.m. local time, troops can chow down on freshly prepared waffles and sausages as they cheer on their favorite team. Take a look at some of the fun from last year’s Super Bowl breakfast party:

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USO Camp Foster, Japan
Troops can head over to the USO on Camp Foster for a Super Bowl party kicking off bright and early at 6 a.m. local time.

USO Kadena, Japan
Service members can kick off their morning with USO Kadena’s Super Bowl festivities starting at 6 a.m. local time. There will tailgate snacks and refreshments for troops to enjoy while watching the game on the center’s HDTV!

Take a look a last year’s photos to see what’s in store for this Sunday:

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USO Futenma, Japan
Troops can head over to USO Futenma for a Super Bowl party kicking off at 6 a.m. local time.

USO Camp Walker, South Korea
USO Camp Walker will be partnering with the MWR to host a Super Bowl party at the Hilltop Club, starting at 6 a.m. local time. To get a vibe of this year’s festivities, take a look at some snaps from the 2013 event:

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USO Camp Casey, South Korea
USO Camp Casey for kickoff at 8:30 a.m. local time for a Super Bowl party sponsored by Mr. Nam, Judie’s Realty, Red Cross and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA).

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Troops can enjoy food, fun and prize giveaways while cheering on their favorite team.

USO Seoul, South Korea
Doors open at 6 a.m. local time at USO Seoul, where service members can enjoy a free breakfast and cheer on their favorite team.

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The party, sponsored by the NCOA, will also feature a dance competition and prize giveaways.

USO Humphreys, South Korea
Troops can head over USO Humphreys at 8:30 a.m. local time to grab a free breakfast and catch the big game.

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Stateside

USO Coast Guard Base, Boston
Friday before game day, troops near Boston can gear up for a great weekend of football starting at 11 a.m local time. Stop by the USO center for games, popcorn, pizza and the chance to win Patriots-branded prizes.

USO Logan Center, Boston
Starting Friday, USO Logan will be decorated in a football theme as they rev up to cheer on the Patriots. Traveling troops can test their skills with a Super Bowl Trivia game or take the New England Fan Challenge to win prizes.

Guests can also catch all the local pregame television coverage and watch the game in Super Bowl style and comfort on Sunday.  The popcorn machine will be running and there will be plenty of snacks for everyone to enjoy!

USO SeaTac Airport Center, Seattle
Troops traveling through Seattle can catch the game at the airport center while enjoying snacks and other refreshments.

USO tour featuring rock band Seether

WHEN: Dec. 14 – 20, 2010

WHERE: Hawaii and Guam

WHY: Platinum hard rock musicians Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, Troy McLawhorn and John Humphrey of Seether are gearing up for their second USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The quartet will take their high-energy antics on the road to perform for troops and their families serving overseas, pose for photos and participate in meet and greets.

Formed in 1999, the South African rock band released its first U.S. album “Disclaimer” in 2002. Having become one of the core artists on rock radio, Seether has sold more than 5 million records worldwide with each release producing multiple Top 10 hits. Their chart-topping success includes number one singles “Remedy,” “Fake It,” “Rise Above This,” as well as the gold certified hit “Broken” and “Careless Whisper.”

In 2009, the group participated in their first USO tour visiting more than 5,000 troops and their families stationed in Japan. Their newest album “Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray” will be released in 2011.

More from USO Pacific: Camp Fuji, Guam, and Camp Hansen

On Tuesday, March 24, USO USO Camp Fuji staff and two volunteers  from Yokota Fussa Church hosted “Free Food at Fuji.”  Despite the rain, 44 marines -2 Okinawa Inspection officers, a Chaplain, one Army reserve duty from the states and 40 Fuji Marines – chowed down on free food and soft drinks.

Center Operations Manager Suk Cha Lucas said the event was a big success, and the “Marines appreciated USO for supporting them in many ways…We talked and laughed like we are family.”  Check out some pictures below!

Although the rain drove them indoors, it was still a great cookout for Marines at USO Camp Fuji.

Troops at Camp Fuji relax with a free meal and enjoy some downtime in the USO Center.

On Wednesday, March 24, USO Directors from Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa and Korea met with USO Regional Vice President Thomas Kolstad at USO Guam in Tumon.  Guam is a constant hub of activity in the Pacific, serving approximately 30,000 service members and their families; over 30,000 more are served outside the center.

As reported by Laura Matthews of the Pacific Daily News, the meeting brought together regional leaders in order to strengthen the range of programs and services they offer.  “It’s important that we continue to have teamwork across the Pacific,” Kolstad said. “We have a responsibility for taking care of the men and women in the U.S. military and for sharing information on what new adventures and events are coming up.”  Get to know your USO Pacific staff below!

USO Guam

USO personnel are photographed in front of the USO facility in Tumon. Pictured in front, from left, are Jarrett Ota, Remichel Tharps, Judy Decker, Juliet Bucayu, Elizabeth Lee, Eva Laird, Betsy McWhirt and Leigh Leilani Graham. In back, from left are Tom Kolstad, James Embry, Julia Gregory, Renae Whited, Jeff Herndon, Nicole Darity and Dave Proch. (Louis J. Paulino/For Pacific Daily News)

Finally, as reported by Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin of Marine Corps Bases Japan, Camp Hansen USO is celebrating 34 years of service this month.  Camp Hansen – along with the USO at Camp Schwab – serves between 6,000 and 7,000 Troops each year.  Center Manager Lee Kramvik, himself a retired Marine, emphasized that “Our main mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation for the troops.  The island USOs are places where friendly staff and volunteers welcome and interact with the troops to provide a comfortable place to spend some time.”  Congratulations on 34 years of service, Camp Hansen, and here’s to many more!

Camp Hansen USO

The Hansen USO celebrates its 34th anniversary of serving personnel on the island since 1976, this month. (Publicly released photo by Lance Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin)