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)