Regional President, USO Midwest Region
Alison Ruble has devoted over fifteen years to supporting the men, women and families of our United States Armed Forces through her work with the USO (United Service Organizations) of Illinois. Beginning in 2003, she led the USO’s entertainment outreach programs at hundreds of military and civic events throughout Illinois, proudly representing the USO and connecting the community-at-large to a sense of patriotism through numerous performances of our National Anthem at major Chicago sports arenas and concert venues, military appreciation events and City of Chicago programs.
Alison’s role with the USO of Illinois expanded in 2005 to Community & Entertainment Director, then again in 2011 to President and COO, and once again when she was appointed President and CEO in 2012. She continues to lead the organization today, delivering support to over 330,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military and military families every year through hundreds of USO programs and services and five USO center locations in Illinois.
Alison is actively involved in the framework of Illinois military and veteran communities. She has served on the Host Committee for the 2016 Department of the Navy’s Warrior Games in Chicago, as a member of the Illinois Discharged Servicemember Task Force and the Armed Forces Council of Chicago. Alison is an Honorary Member of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Veterans Advisory Council, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Chicago Navy Memorial project. In 2010, she received the Department of the Army’s Patriotic Civilian Service award in recognition for exemplary service in support of the mission of the U.S. Army.
Alison is proud to continue the USO’s legacy of support for our troops, and honored to lead this great organization into the future.
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