Tuesday October 20, 2015


Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Master of Ceremonies

Robert Patrick

Special Guests

Chef Robert Irvine
Mr. Olympia, Phil ‘The Gift’ Heath


Michael W. Smith


An estimated 1,000 guests gathered to pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Guests will include Washington dignitaries, Members of Congress, military leadership, members of the USO Board of Governors, USO corporate sponsors and the media.

2015 Service Members of the Year

USO Soldier of the Year
Specialist Christian T. Sheers
Beast Troop, 1st Squadron
33rd Cavalry Regiment,
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky

USO Marine of the Year
Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Bednarik
Company E, 2nd Battalion
Recruit Training Regiment
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego, CA

USO Sailor of the Year
Petty Officer Second Class Jessica A. Jusino
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
Newport News, Virginia

USO Airman of the Year
Senior Airman TJ Brantley
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman
2d Civil Engineer Squadron
Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana

USO Coast Guardsman of the Year
Petty Officer First Class Angel J. Leott
Maritime Safety and Security
Team Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

USO National Guardsman of the Year
Sergeant Aaron Burdash
*204th Area Support Medical Company
347th Regional Support Group Minnesota Army National Guard
Cottage Grove, Minnesota *

2015 USO Volunteer of the Year, U.S.

Richard “Dick” Anderson
USO Las Vegas

2015 USO Volunteer of the Year, Overseas

Eric Chun
USO Guam

2015 Gala Sponsors


Vice Chairman


Four Star

NewDay USA

Three Star

The Coca-Cola Company
Disney | ESPN
UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans
WLA, Inc

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Color Guard on stage at the Washington Convention Center

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Three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith performs for the Gala crowd at the Washington Convention Center

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Richard “Dick” Anderson, USO Volunteer of the Year, U.S.; Army Spc. Christian T. Sheers, USO Soldier of the Year; Army Spc. Christian T. Sheers; Army National Guard Sgt. Sergeant Aaron Burdash, USO National Guardsman of the Year; Air Force Senior Airman TJ Brantley, USO Airman of the Year; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bednarik, USO Marine of the Year; Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Angel J. Leott, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year; and Airman 1st Class Eric Chun

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Army National Guard Sgt.  Aaron Burdash, USO National Guardsman of the Year;  Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Angel J. Leott, USO Coast Guardsman of the Year;  Air Force Senior Airman TJ Brantley, USO Airman of the Year;  Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica A. Jusino, USO Sailor of the Year; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bednarik, USO Marine of the Year; and Army Spc. Christian T. Sheers, USO Soldier of the Year, show off their awards on stage at the 2015 USO Gala.