Kuwait - The different units assigned to Camp Ali Al Salem started a Softball League and the USO sponsored their T-Shirts. Thomas Lee, a Duty manager at AAS, coordinated the all the logistics to make it happen.
Each team came up with a design and the USO got the shirts made in Kuwait City. The USO logo was placed on each shirt to help promote the USO and to make it all seem as real as possible. The Softball League was created to unite the units and as a way to help boost service members’ morale.
Stuttgart, Germany - On Friday June 4 2010, USO Stuttgart partnered with FMWR, AUSA and other local organizations to welcome home the 554 MP Co after a one year deployment in Afghanistan. The USO Mobile Canteen served up hot dogs, the local American Legion grilled up hamburgers and pork steaks that were donated by the VFW. USO Stuttgart volunteers cooked up sides and salads, while the Center provided the desserts and cake. A disc jockey played music and a bouncing castle and inflatable jousting ring provided entertainment for the kids. In addition, USO Stuttgart raffled off four free entry registrations for our 19th Annual Golf Tournament in August, as well as amusement park tickets. We take great pride in serving those who continue to serve our great nation!
Kuwait - At Buehring sometimes we have the opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary. A couple months ago someone asked me if I would hold onto a card for her boyfriend who would be coming through Camp Buehring in June. Being the last stop for all units going into Iraq, Buehring has a constant flow of transient troops. In the flow of troops, Sgt. Ball found me to ask if someone had left him a card…over two months later! It was great to be able to hand deliver the card to brighten his day and help two people make a connection after they both passed through our tent doors!
Guam - La'Licia is a six year old native of Guam who continues to greatly grieve the loss of her beloved Uncle and godfather – Sergeant Gregory Fejeran –who died at the age of 28 in Operation Enduring Freedom.
When Alicia Yamzon, La'Licia’s mother, shared this information with the Guam USO and that La'Licia had an upcoming birthday, the Guam USO arranged a small party at the USO for La'Licia and her family. USO provided a birthday cake that read “To La'Licia – Happy Birthday – I Love You – From Daddy.” She received presents, and was then connected with her daddy in Afghanistan via Skype…Please click here to read the full story.
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