USO2GO Shipment Provides Boost to Troops Still Deployed to Afghanistan
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
From Staff Reports
In his platoon’s inaugural blog post last
first lieutenant and platoon leader made it clear that he and every one of his
soldiers joined the Army willingly. The implication, of course, is that when
the going gets tough for the 25-man firing platoon, they’d have the backbone to
finish the mission.
going doesn’t just mean combat. With the gradual drawdown of American troops in
Afghanistan, fewer and fewer support services are available for service members
on the ground. That, coupled with the fact that troops on small installations
like Forward Operating Base Ghazni – where Lyman’s platoon lives and works –
didn’t have much to choose from in the first place, can make downtime nearly as
much of a grind as time spent on patrol.
where the USO – and specifically USO2GO – comes in.
is not enough space on the feedback form to describe the impact the USO2GO
program has had on my platoon and the boost in morale,” Lyman wrote in an email
to the USO late last year. “Here at FOB Ghazni we are already feeling the
effects of the drawdown in Afghanistan. Many of the services we took for
granted back in the United States are no longer available or will soon be shut
down. The USO2GO program is going to help us bridge the gap as we continue our
mission during the next several months of our deployment."
USO2GO program delivers customized, morale-boosting packages to the most remote
places on Earth. Troops deployed anywhere around the globe that don’t have a
USO presence can request USO2GO shipments through
the USO’s website. USO2GO shipments provide everything from beanbag
chairs, snacks and coffee to toiletries, sports equipment, board
games, televisions, DVDs and video game consoles and titles.
isn't an item we haven't made use of already in the first couple of weeks,”
Lyman wrote. “Whether it is the extra toiletries, the board games, sports
equipment, or the Wii and the Xbox, my soldiers have already put it to good
“A pot of
coffee brews every morning, the snacks keep my guys going during long hours of
work or training, and I know the soups and teas will keep us warm in the
winter months. The movies, video games and board games provide a welcome relief
for my soldiers in long hours between missions.”
Photo: Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Ghazni show off goods from their recent USO2GO shipment. Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Ben Lyman
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