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Lockheed Martin Continues Support of USO, Troops With Care Package Stuffing Event

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

By Joseph Andrew Lee 

The holidays are a time when family comes together to grant our most meaningful wishes. For deployed troops at remote outposts in Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas, the USO family is there to do the same.

For deployed troops, one of the most effective means of lifting spirits during the holidays is through our USO Holiday Boxes and Operation USO Care Package programs. 

USO Holiday Boxes are distributed four times a year to forward operating bases. They contain decorations, games, snacks, movies and themed items designed to bring a touch of home and holiday cheer to those serving in the most remote corners of the world.

Winter boxes help troops celebrate the holiday seasons with each box also containing blank greeting cards that the troops can use to send messages to friends and family.

Last Saturday, Worldwide Strategic Partner Lockheed Martin helped to Grant a Wish for Our Heroes by engaging in a coast-to-coast service project to fill winter holiday boxes and care packages.

In Sunnyvale, Calif., approximately 100 Lockheed Martin employees joined USO Bay Area to fill nearly 150 large USO Holiday Boxes. Fifty to 60 of the boxes will be shipped to troops on the frontlines as part of its Christmas Convoy and hand-delivered by USO staffs located in Southwest Asia. Some will also be flown in by Black Hawk helicopters. The rest will be mailed directly to receiving areas in remote locations in Afghanistan and Africa.

A soggy day in the Bay Area did not dampen the spirits of the volunteers from Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company who were jamming to Christmas tunes and filling gift boxes with glee.

At the exact same moment, across the country, Lockheed Martin employees in the Washington D.C. area were helping stuff 5,600 care packages during a similar service project at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

Whether it is keeping deployed servicemen and women connected to their families or making a troop's time in theater a little more comfortable, the USO is able to remain steadfast in delivering goodness to our nation's military and its families because of the support from companies like Lockheed Martin.

"This company is really a company that cares," said Jan Rather, Vice President of Communications at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale. "I can't think of a better cause than to do something for our troops who stand up for freedom and for all the things that allow us to sleep at night. I'm just so thrilled to be part of it."

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Photo caption: Volunteers from Lockheed Martin fill boxes for troops in Sunnyvale, Calif. (Photo by Jim Dowdall / Lockheed Martin) 

Federal employees can help the USO fulfill its mission to support troops and their families though the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign. Please designate #11381. 

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