Sesame Street / USO Experience for Military Families Debuts New Theme Modeling Military-to-Civilian Transition

Studies show more than one million troops will exit the military between 2011 and 2016;1 and (that for those who remain in the service) military kids move upwards of 6 to 9 times during their pre-school through high school education. 2   

Sesame Street and the USO are addressing these realities head-on by debuting a brand new 30-minute character performance centered around military-to-civilian transition called “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life,” while simultaneously running their ever-popular hit “Katie is Moving to a New Base.”  Both shows will run as part of the 2015 Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, which is scheduled to perform more than 100 shows at 45 military bases in nine countries.  The tour will kick-off May 7th at Eielson Air Force Base, AK and wrap up sometime in October. 

When one family member serves, the whole family serves.  Sesame Street and the USO know this all too well, having together created a character (Katie) who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children.  In their new show, families are taken on a journey as Katie starts a new adventure outside of the military with the assurance that her family and all of her Sesame Street pals are there to support her throughout the transition.  While there are many changes coming, there are a lot of happy moments and discoveries for Katie and her friends. 

Based on the needs of military families overseas, each installation will be able to determine for themselves which show performs on their base, with some locations opting for both performances. 

To further bring their new topic to life, Sesame Street and the USO will once again recognize a service member or family member each month throughout the tour’s six-month run.  Each individual highlighted will be featured here, at, with a thoughtful narrative portraying their experiences of transitioning out of the military, OR preparing to transition.  The personal accounts will touch on their fears, triumphs and reflections in hopes of helping others understand and/or relate to military-to-civilian transition.    

Please be sure to check the tour schedule below as tour dates are added regularly. 

1Mills, Donna. "United States Department of Defense." News Article: Shinseki Vows to Support Military Members, Vets. N.p., 30 Mar. 2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. 

2DoDEA." All About Military K-12 Partners. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. 

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