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About the Gala

2012 USO Gala






About the Gala

On November 2, 2012, the USO held its annual gala in Washington, DC. This star-studded event celebrated the USO and featured well-known entertainers from USO celebrity entertainment tours and recognized a special volunteer, as well as honorees selected by the Senior Enlisted representatives from each branch of the armed forces for their extraordinary bravery, loyalty and heroism.


Date Friday, November 2, 2012
Location Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Chair David McIntyre
TriWest Healthcare Alliance 
Host Commitee Co-Chairs Rima Al-Sabah, Sylvia M. Panetta, Barbara Levin, Patricia McKeon, Deanie Dempsey, Mary Jo Myers, Margaret Gibson
Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Judi Kletz

Rear Adm. T. McCreary, USN (Ret)


Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN (Ret) and Mrs. Deborah Mullen 

USO Service Members of the Year: 

Soldier of the Year
Staff Sergeant Jacob J. Perkins
C Troop 1-89 Cavalry
Fort Drum, NY
Marine of the Year
Sergeant Clifford M. Wooldridge
Training Company, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment
Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex
Chesapeake, VA
Sailor of the Year
EOD2 (EWS) Gregory F. Gaylor
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three
Naval Base San Diego, CA
Airman of the Year
Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Beversdorf
Tactical Air Command and Control Journeyman
25th Air Support Operations Squadron
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI
Coast Guardsman of the Year
ME2 Nicholas A. Beane
Explosive Detection K9 Team
USCG Maritime Security Response Team Chesapeake
Virginia Beach, VA
National Guardsman of the Year
Senior Airman Evan J. Stevens
183rd Fighter Wing’s Security Forces Squadron
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
Springfield, IL

USO Volunteer of the Year: Sergeant Richard Schuh, U.S. Army | USO Kandahar

Mistress of Ceremonies Allison Seymour
Special Guests Jordin Sparks
Jennifer Behm
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Cartoonists: Chip Bok, Bruce Higdon and Ed Steckley
Schedule of Events 6:30 p.m. Welcoming Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner & Evening Program
10:00 p.m. After Party
Guests An estimated 1,000 guests will gather to pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Guests will include Washington dignitaries, Members of Congress, military leadership, members of the USO Board of Governors, USO corporate sponsors and the media.



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