Q What made you decide to become a part of the USO team?
A I have always been directly involved with the USO, whether as a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) representative for my unit back at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss (Texas), or while serving at Camp Casey, Korea, or volunteering and participating in USO-sponsored events at Conn Barracks (Germany). The USO has always been there for me as a soldier, so it was inevitable that I would become a full-fledged member of this great organization and continue the link of support that we provide to all our servicemen and women in uniform.
Q Can you tell us a little about your colleagues at the USO?
A I am extremely lucky to work with some of the most hard-working, dedicated people in the world who embody the USO mission every day as they strive to do their very best to uplift the morale of our servicemen and women.
Q What motivates you to come to work every day?
A The intimate knowledge and personal experience that what I do makes a great difference in the lives of our servicemen and women.
Q Have there been any defining moments for you at the USO?
A On January 2001, I flew from Incheon International Airport (South Korea) to Frankfurt International Airport (Germany) en route to my new duty station. I was supposed to be picked up at the Airport by my new unit rep, but upon landing in Frankfurt I found no one, so I wandered around the Airport understanding very little German and finding nobody to help me until I saw a USO sign blinking in the middle of all the other neons. I proceeded to the USO desk where I was welcomed with open arms, offered a warm cup of coffee, a comfort seat to relax, some snacks to savor while the angel behind the counter contacted my unit to let them know of my arrival.