When retired Army officer Tom Kilgore decided it was time to give back, it was clear which organization he would support.
“I became active with the USO shortly after my retirement [from the Army],” said Kilgore, who now heads risk management for ArcLight Capital Partners in Boston. “It was one of the organizations while I was on active duty which provided great value, I thought, to my soldiers and to my family.”
At West Point, Kilgore was taught that graduates engage in a lifetime of service.
“One of the ways in which you can continue a lifetime of service is to continue to give back to the organizations [that] have taken care of us while we were on active duty,” Kilgore said. “The USO affords me an opportunity to live up to the goals that were set for me as a young man, and the goals that I embrace and continue to hopefully embrace and live to this day.”
Whether it’s about patriotism, family or being part of something bigger than themselves, USO volunteers each have personal reasons for giving their valuable time.
USO New England volunteer Denee Hammond took a moment recently to talk about why she does it.
“When they see the USO in an airport thousands of miles from home, they come back to that one moment when they may have met a USO volunteer,” she said. “Maybe they saw us at a Patriots game, maybe they came with us on a Polar Express event for their kids Š but they remember those letters and it immediately brings them back home, and they feel connected.”
BOSTON–The USO has had an active presence at Boston Logan International Airport for over 30 years, so when it came time for the airport to renovate, it allowed the USO to relocate and design a larger space to accommodate the needs of traveling service members.
“We are proud to be able to provide the USO with this new, larger space as they continue their important work supporting our troops and their families,” said Edward Freni, Director of Aviation at Massport.
At nearly twice the size of the previous USO space at Logan Airport, the new center is approximately 1,400 square feet and offers a large seating and living room area as well as an expanded refreshment counter, luggage storage space and food and supplies. New amenities include a space for military families traveling with children — which includes hands-on activities, games and reading materials — a recreation room where troops can play video games, board games and card games, and a designated charging area for personal electronic devices.
“At this new USO center, you will get a glimpse of how today’s USO meets the changing needs of a changing military” said Dr. J.D. Crouch II, USO President and CEO. “Most important is that the extra space that will permit our dedicated USO of New England team to accommodate more troops and families at one time.”
Periodically, we’re bringing you the best in USO photography from around the world. Enjoy this second installment of our photo essays!
(P.S. – if you know any of the photographers of images that don’t credit one, please let us know!)
Earlier this summer, USO New England held a luncheon for Wounded Warrior and many others to commemorate the Battle of the Midway on the USS Constitution Underway. (Photo by Nicole Mantopoulos, all rights reserved)
Some wildlife from Westfield, MA, in its natural habitat... (Photo courtesy of Pioneer Valley USO Facebook page)
The Guam USO Center gives visitors a real island feel, complete with local flora! (Photo courtesy of USO Guam Facebook page)
Outside of the USO at Joint Base Balad at sunset. You can almost forget where you are. (USO photo by Erin Corcoran)
On August 6th, 2010 the USO Warrior Center hosted an event with Stuttgart BOSS. The group came down to cook up some brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers for the wounded warriors. It was a fun and relaxing afternoon! (Photo courtesy of USO Warrior Center Facebook page)
The 159th recovering Fort Campbell USO's helicopter from the range. The 159th is going to refurbish this piece and then it is going into the USO center. (Photo courtesy of Fort Campbell USO Facebook page)
Fallon served as emcee at 2009's Fourth of July USO concert on the White House South Lawn.
In the Worcester, MA area for Mother’s Day weekend? Then don’t miss a fabulous opportunity to see comedian Jimmy Fallon this Saturday evening, May 8th, at the Hanover Theater located at 554 Main Street, Worcester, MA! Show starts at 8:00PM.
Complimentary tickets are available through the generosity of Hanover Theater. Two tickets per military ID, active and reserve. Tickets must be reserved by Friday at 1:00PM. Tickets must be picked up at Will Call at the theater the night of the show. For tickets, please use the USO Ticket Line only at 617-720-4531 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and call anytime after 11:30AM when a volunteer staff member is available to take your reservation. Thank you!