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.

News & Notes from Around the World

On 29 April, 2010 the CASF USO hosted nine cartoonist from the National Cartoonist Society.  Approximately  50 patients and CASF staff members joined in the fun by having their caricatures drawn as well as their favorite cartoon characters.  The evening was sweetened by a variety desserts.  A great time was had by all.

A servicemember has his likeness done in caricature by one of the visiting cartoonists.

At USO Hawaii, Marines and a Corpsman from the Wounded Warrior Detachment, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii were treated to chartered deep sea fishing through USO’s Operation Enduring Care program on Friday April 3.  The sport fishing charter left the Marine Corps Community Service Outdoor Recreation marina promptly at 7 a.m. for the six-hour excursion.  The Wounded Warriors spent the day casting and reeling.  The charter’s captain and his crew were available to assist with the warriors’ catch of the day.

It was a good day for fishing with (left to right) HM2 David Provost, LCpl Perry Crawford, LCpl Blaze Cox, LCpl Jason Grivas, Cpl Beau Parra, Sgt Jacob Cash, and members of the boat's crew.

Sather AB recently hosted a ping-pong tournament.  It was a hard-fought competition taken very seriously by all the 16 finalists.  Sponsored by the USO, the three winners received AAFES gift cards and they must have needed to buy something very special at the PX because they fought long and hard for these prizes!

A1C Josep (l) came in third and MSG Smith (r) came in second. We can't even see the ball!

And finally, here’s a special shoutout all the way from Afghanistan to the USO for our support of the upcoming Warrior Games in Colorado.  Hoo-rah!

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It’s a Great Look as Nigel Barker Tours Hawaii

Renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker takes a group photo with military photographers and press at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii April 12, 2010. During his USO visit, Barker shared practical insights with troops to help inspire them and hone their craft. This is Barker's first USO tour. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Former model turned fashion photographer turned TV personality (turned author!) Nigel Barker is currently volunteering his time with the USO and spreading cheer to hundreds of military families in Hawaii.  This is Barker’s first USO Tour, timed to coincide with Month of the Military Child.  he’s emphasizing the importance of believing in yourself and following your dreams to these Troops and their families.

Barker supports a variety of humanitarian causes and continually uses his talents behind the camera to give back. He’s highly regarded for his work as both a photographer and judge from the popular TV show “America’s Next Top Model,” which airs on The CW.  Barker’s upcoming book, “Beauty Equation,” is scheduled for release during Fall Fashion Week 2010.

“Say Cheese,” and check out these stylish pics from Hawaii!

Renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker gives troops and families in Hawaii something to smile about, April 12, 2010. The model turned photographer is participating in his first USO tour sharing tips of the trade with military families. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Fashion photographer and America's Next Top Model judge, Nigel Barker, stops for a photo with Lt. Tamekia Payne (left) and (right) SSgt. Heather Warden at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 12, 2010. Traveling on his first-ever USO tour Barker will deliver inspirational messages to troops and their familes. (USO photo by Jackie Zettles)

Senate to Recognize USO Hawaii at State Capitol

USO Hawaii has served Troops since World War II. (Photo courtesy of USO Archives)

We are thrilled to announce that USO Hawaii will be honored at the State Capitol of Honolulu on March 31, during a Senate Proclamation Ceremony sponsored by Sen. Will Espero, chairman, Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee.  The USO is being recognized for its outstanding morale programs and services for Hawaii’s military members and families.

USO Hawaii, which operates two centers on Oahu — one at the Honolulu International Airport and one at the Hickam Air Force Base terminal — offers the enhanced services of a “home away from home” for all branches of the military.  In the past year alone USO Hawaii served the needs of 64,000 military personnel deploying to, or returning from combat and other worldwide military assignments.

For more than 69 years, the USO has provided support to active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world. The USO’s mission is, “to enhance the quality of life for our brave men and women who serve to protect our country and our freedom.”  Through peacetime and various wars and conflicts, the USO continues to serve those who serve us, “Until Every One Comes Home.”

USO Officials Karl Kiyokawa, chair, USO Hawaii Advisory Council, Kyle Brockett, Chair-Elect, Tom Kolstad, Vice President-USO Pacific Operations and Eva Laird Smith, USO Hawaii director will be on the Senate Floor to accept the Proclamation Award on behalf of the nonprofit organization.

The community is invited to attend the Senate Proclamation Ceremony honoring USO Hawaii at the State Capitol Gallery at 11:30 a.m., Wed., March 31.

Al Shimizu, a USO volunteer, hands a slice of pizza to a deploying Soldier on an early Tuesday morning at Hickam Air Force Base. (Photo by Sgt. Bradley Rhen)

The USO/Sesame Street Experience – Tell Us YOUR Story!

Sesame Street USO Experience

Last year, Sesame Workshop and the USO teamed up to present The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – a free traveling USO tour featuring five of America’s favorite Muppets.  This year the tour has travelled to six countries and twenty military installations, most recently to Hawaii.

We’ve seen so much positive feedback from audience members; seeing the joy on these childrens’ faces is just priceless.  But we can only tell part of the story.  Have you and your family attended a Sesame Street/USO Experience?  Did you take pictures, write a blog, or would you like to share your story?  Has the tour not visited your town yet, but should? Leave a comment and let us you what you think!