USO Pacific VP Harris Marks 25 Years of Serving Troops

USO Senior Vice President of Operations Alan Reyes presents USO Pacific Regional Vice President Carly Harris a 25-year service coin Friday at USO Arlington in Virginia. Photo by Samantha Quigley

USO Senior Vice President of Operations Alan Reyes presents USO Pacific Regional Vice President Carly Harris a 25-year service coin Friday at USO Arlington in Virginia. Photo by Samantha Quigley

Carly Harris is an ever-present supporter of America’s troops. On Friday, she got a little recognition of her own.

Harris, USO Pacific regional vice president, was honored for her 25 years of service to the organization during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the USO offices in Arlington, Va.

Harris’ USO career includes stints as director of operations for USO Europe, a leading role in the development of the USO’s presence in Southwest Asia, and the director’s post at USO Wiesbaden/Mainz.

Congratulations Carly!

The Sesame Street/USO Experience Visits Osan!

"...and, in conclusion, THAT is how you get to Sesame Street!" Maj Matthew McAlister reads a Sesame Street book with his daugher Chloe, 5, before the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010.(USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

The USO and Sesame Workshop have partnered again for phase III of “The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families” – a free traveling USO tour featuring five of America’s favorite Muppets. The tour has traveled to 13 military installations in Japan, Korea and Guam over the course of two months, delivering family friendly shows tailored specifically for military families.  To date, the tour has performed a whopping 154 shows and entertained more than 105,700 military families!!!

This program is an extension of Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect program, a military outreach initiative launched in 2006, providing support and resources for military families with young children experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments, and/or a parent’s return home changed due to a combat-related injury.

We hope you’ll enjoy this video from their latest visit – to Osan, Japan – and look for an exclusive photo essay on the blog this weekend!

Donut Donation Makes a Big Difference

One person really can make a difference as the sailors at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan found out on Friday, January 15, 2010.  Brooklynite Carmen Colon wanted to do something for the troops, so she purchased $240 worth of donuts to donate.  But how to get them there?  The USO, of course!

“USO Operation Doughnut Drop” with the USS Shiloh was a huge success.  “It really was a terrific morale-booster,” said Vernichel Tharps, the Director of Programs and Marketing for USO Japan.  Below are some exclusive pictures from this fun, sugar-filled day.  In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: “Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”

Kon’nichiwa, Minasan! The Sesame Street/USO Experience Continues in Japan!

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – Phase III – continues to tour the Pacific region.  Click here to see the complete schedule and click here to read about their visit to Yokosuka!

Elmo greets fans during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

(l-r) Jayvion King, 1, his mom Natalie King, Aubriana King, 4, and Madison Rickard, 3, react to various degrees as Elmo took the stage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Elmo (r), Rosita (c) and Cookie Monster (l) greet fans from the stage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Cooke Monster greets his fans during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Elmo greets fans during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Cookie Monster (c) leaps in the air while dancing with Rosita (l) and Elmo (r) during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, January 21, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Excited children wave to the Sesame Street characters onstage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Rosita hugs audience members during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Atsugi Naval Air Field in Japan, January 19, 2010. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

Image of the Day

Santa Claus makes a surprise appearance and hands out candy to audience members during a holiday concert featuring the U.S. 7th Fleet Band and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Band Dec. 11, 2009, in Yokosuka, Japan. The concert is celebrating the holiday season and showcasing the alliance between both the countries' navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki/Released)