By Sandi Moynihan
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan— Every day of the year, the two USO Bagram centers are open to any and all active-duty service members working on this air base near Kabul, Afghanistan.
But for one evening a month — just for a few hours— one of the centers transforms into to a no-boys-allowed oasis for hardworking female service members to enjoy a night of girls-only fun.
“[We] shut the place down for just ladies because guys get their days all the time,” said USO Bagram Duty Manager Candice White. “If we just want one day, that’s good enough for us.”
A long-standing cornerstone of USO Southwest Asia programming, USO Ladies’ Night often features tasty treats, karaoke, chick-flick movies, crafts and at-home spa treatments like facial masks and pedicures.
“We’re just excited,” Air Force Maj. Brenda Jones said. “The camaraderie, the environment, the atmosphere, you guys have set it up so nicely and we just really appreciate it.”
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