Sesame Street/USO Moment Maker of the Month: Tech. Sgt. Michael Royster
Thursday, April 17, 2014
By Karen Hart
In celebration of the six-year run of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military
Families tour and the USO's Every Moment
Counts campaign, Sesame Street
and the USO are spotlighting one service member each month who volunteered their time to create a
special moment for some of our youngest heroes.
Sesame Street/USO Moment of
the Maker of the Month: Tech Sgt. Michael Royster, Scott
Air Force Base, Ill.
Q: How long have you been in the Air
Q: Where are you originally from?
Q: What made you want to enlist?
I think in the
beginning it was the travel. My dad was in the Army so when I was young we
would travel to really nice places and I thought when I got older that I would
do the same thing.
Q: With your dad in the Army did you
move around a lot as a kid and was it difficult?
Yes, I did. When I was
younger it was pretty easy. But as I got a little older – like around middle
school age to high school – it was a little less [easy] because you have your
friends that you have to leave behind.
Q: Why did you volunteer
to help with the Sesame Street/USO tour?
have kids myself and I know that this is something that children really enjoy,
and I’m a big kid myself playing with my own kids. And to see the joy that the
kids get out of it seeing the characters was a highlight for me.
Q: Have you volunteered
before? If so, how many Sesame/USO shows have you seen and what keeps you
that was my first time ever and I had a lot of fun.
Q: Military personnel
have lots of experience loading and unloading material, whether it be in
combat, in an emergency response capacity or community service. What does it
feel like and why is it meaningful to do so for the joy and education of
feels good to be doing something for the kids. As I said, I’m a big kid myself
and I like to build forts with my kids, and it’s just pure joy to see that they
Q: How many times have you had orders
This is my seventh
Q: Is it difficult to move around a
lot or to be separated from your family during long deployments?
Yes, it is, mainly
because my everyday life is coming home to my kids and my family. So once
you’re deployed and you get off from work and go home to your room, you don’t
have your family there. You don’t get the hugs. You don’t get the “I love you”s.
So yeah, it’s hard. Very hard.
Q: Do you have kids back at home who
could relate to the message?
Yes, I have a
blended family for a total of four – a 10 year old, a 9 year old, a 7 year old
and a 6 year old.
Q: What is your favorite memory from
your experience helping with the Sesame Street/USO tour?
how happy the kids were. They were jumping up and down. I was passing out the
Elmo twirly lights and just to see how their faces lit when they saw the
characters was amazing. That was by far the best part.
Q: Who is your favorite
character and why?
I would have to say Cookie Monster because I’m a dessert man myself.
Q: Is there a special
message you would like to share with your friends or family back home?
definitely tell my family and friends that the next time the USO does something
like this, for them to get out and be a part of it because I definitely enjoyed
myself. It was great.
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