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PHOTOS: USO Yokosuka Opens to Troops in New Locale

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Relocated and renovated, USO Yokosuka opened its doors today to serve the 30,000 active-duty troops and their families based in that region of Japan.

Senior military leaders, USO staff, volunteers, sailors and their families gathered to celebrate the opening of the center, located at Yokosuka Naval Base as the U.S. servicemen and women began to enjoy the top-notch programs and services offered by the USO. The facility is also located within a recently refurbished outdoor recreation center and provides the USO with a better opportunity to accomplish its goal of lifting the spirits of troops and their families.

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Colors are presented prior to the grand re-opening of USO Yokosuka as, from left to right, RADM Dan Cloyd, USO Senior Vice President of Operations Alan Reyes, Commanding Officer, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Capt. David Owen and USO Pacific Regional Vice President Carly Harris look on.

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The group is joined by USO Japan Country Director Juliet Bucayu-Domingo, far right, for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Senior Vice President of Operations for the USO Alan Reyes, second from right, said: "The opening of the new USO Yokosuka marks our continued commitment to the sailors and families of Yokosuka Naval Base. We are thrilled to operate this new center at the heart of the naval base and adjacent to the piers where we can better provide the traditional USO comforts of home and allow for those separated by deployment to connect with their friends and family back home."

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Among the trappings of USO Yokosuka, troops are able to access the Internet through computers located throughout the center or with free WiFi for their personal devices. Other amenities include a living room, family room, movie theatre, massage chairs, gaming center, phones and plenty of space to relax and enjoy snacks and other great USO programs.

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Two troops took a load off to test the leather recliners that are always a favorite among the servicemen and women. For even more downtime, a Warrior and Family Care Relaxation Room is adjacent to provide a dose of peace and quiet.

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The catered reception provided the perfect warm welcome to the troops and families the USO aims to serve.

Said Capt. Owen: "USO provides an important service and alternative to the Yokosuka community, especially to the single and unaccompanied sailors. Being far away from loved ones is tough and the activities they offer gives these individuals a safe place to go right here on the installation. In particular, their holiday events such as free Thanksgiving lunch and Christmas morning breakfast are very popular and I greatly appreciate all that they do to ensure our sailors are provided with such great options."

(Photos by Jewell Willett / USO. Produced by Christian Pelusi) 

For more photos, visit the USO Yokosuka page on Facebook.

Shop USO Wishbook to donate funds that helps more troops and families enjoy the programs and services that the USO offers worldwide. 

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

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