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Operation Hardwood was created in by the USO in 2005 to boost morale and bring a touch of home to those in uniform. The USO has a long tradition of bringing sports figures and sports-related events to troops overseas,“Operation Hardwood” has deployed more than 35 NCAA basketball coaches and sports personalities to Kuwait and Japan.
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A Dish in the Desert: USO Piloting Expeditionary Satellite Internet Kit Program for Service Members Downrange
After months of research, two reinforced plastic cases arrived at Camp Shorab, a once-bustling Marine Corps base in Southeastern Afghanistan. When unpacked the packages’ color-coded contents provided a free USO internet connection for troops on the ground.