USO Centers from Italy to Oahu have been busy! Check out our news and notes from allover…
As you know, USO Hawaii was recently honored at the State Capitol of Honolulu with a State Senate Proclamation. Over 100 individuals were in attendance, including a majority from both Senate and Lower House, USO Hawaii corporate and community supporters, volunteers and USO Hawaii Advisory Council members.
USO Hawaii will also be hosting its inaugural USO Gala Tribute on April 16th! Honolulu’s historic Washington Place, the former residence of a dozen of Hawai’i governors and the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani, will be hosting. Proceeds will be used to support program and morale services for our military and their families. Expected to attend are command, flag officers, and enlisted military personnel from various service branches on the islands. Governor Lingle will deliver a congratulatory message at the Gala Tribute, with LTG Benjamin Mixon as Keynote Speaker. Tickets are still available; call the center for more details!
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There’s a new T-wall at Camp Virginia, Kuwait. The staff wanted to honor and encourage the volunteers, so volunteers were asked to create and pain their own wall. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your hard work, dedication, assistance, friendship and love - you did an awesome job with the T-wall!
USO Vicenza recently celebrated their grand reopening with food, refreshments, and a cake cutting. AFN was present to cover the event (see the video below) as was the USAG Vicenza Outlook newspaper.
Manager Glenn Gibbs welcomed everyone to “their” Center. The literal reopening of the doors, symbolized the reopening of a Center that belongs to the community. We’re so proud of USO Vicenza’s continued commitment to serving their neighbors and our troops!
More from the USO
May 25, 2017
NBC's 'This Is Us' Cast Visits Service Members and Military Families on USO Tour at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
It was a morning to remember. A group of stars from NBC’s “This Is Us” – Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan – spent a morning visiting service members and their families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as part of a USO entertainment tour.
May 24, 2017
After Struggling to Find His Place in the World, Marine Finds Two Families – and His Place in Both
Deron Johnson didn't plan on joining the military, but he ended up a Marine. He also didn't anticipate becoming a fraternity brother at Texas A&M, but then came Theta Chi and its history of supporting the military - and the USO.
May 15, 2017
USO Operation Birthday Cake Brings the Party to Service Members in Japan
When Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey Lee received an urgent call to head to his work station one morning, he thought there was something seriously wrong, but there was no emergency. Instead, he walked into his own surprise birthday celebration, courtesy of his wife, USO Yokosuka and the Operation Birthday Cake Program.