USO COVID-19 Response: In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Mobile USO centers and Sprinter vans are being deployed into the field to support the National Guardsmen who have been activated to assist in COVID-19 military support efforts throughout the United States. USO teams are working closely with the state-specific military leadership and abiding by CDC guidance on health safety practices. The USO is working diligently to get supplies and programming to those service members working on the front lines of the pandemic during this time.

Acting as USO centers on wheels, Mobile USOs offer service members in the United States the same great support that is found in USO airport or installation locations.

These state-of-the-art mobile vehicles travel to events and military exercises to provide places for service members to relax during downtime, provide USO services to areas without brick-and-mortar USO centers and support communities in times of crisis.

Over the last several years, USO expanded its mobile fleet to include three large “recreational vehicles” and three Sprinter vans, designed to provide support to smaller exercises and events.

Service members relax outside a Mobile USO center during Hurricane Florence relief efforts. | Photo credit USO Photo

USO’s large mobile vehicles both include three slide-out sections, a large canteen window, two 65-inch TVs, five Xbox gaming systems, Wi-Fi, internal and external sound systems, a food-prep area and wheelchair accessibility.

Sprinter vans are stationed in Texas, California and Alaska, providing support to communities with large military populations and geographic limitations.

USO’s mobile fleet has provided support to service members responding to natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 and Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018.