9 Must-Know Facts about the Army's 1st Cavalry Division for its BirthdayAs the 1st Cavalry Division celebrates its birthday on Sept 13, here’s nine things you may not know about the Troopers who make up America's "First Team."
Jul 22, 2019
Is the USO a Nonprofit? Yes!
At the USO, we talk a lot about what we do, because we believe that the service members who we support are the ones that deserve the spotlight. However, we sometimes don’t talk enough about who we are as an organization and whether or not we are a nonprofit. The USO is in fact a nonprofit, non-government organization and we rely on generous donors like you to fuel our support of the nation’s military.
Jul 19, 2019
Celebrating 'One Giant Leap': Facts About the U.S. Military in Space in Honor of Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary
The military has a long and storied relationship with spaceflight and NASA. With July 20th marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, here’s a quick refresher on just how intertwined the military is with the U.S. space program.
Jul 18, 2019
50 Years after Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Army Doctor Takes 'Giant Leap' to Space
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong said, "One small leap for man, one giant leap for mankind," during the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, one U.S. Special Forces battalion surgeon will take the next giant leap into space.
Jul 17, 2019
During Deployments, Military Families Get a Night Off of Dinner Duty with USO Spangdahlem in Germany
Deployments can change everything in a military family's life. But research says the best thing military spouses can do to cope with partner’s absence is to reach out to military support organizations, like the USO, to help alleviate some of the small stressors in their life, like cooking dinner.
Jul 16, 2019
After Boot Camp, Hurricane Maria and Learning English, Puerto Rican Coast Guardsmen Builds a Career With the USCG
Seaman Rafael Omar Gomez Negron, a young, Spanish-speaking Coast Guardsmen from Puerto Rico, joined the military just before Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated his island. From fearing the health of his family while enduring basic training to diligently learning English to advance his military career, this new Coastie, who now lives in Washington, D.C., is a determined member of the force.
Jul 15, 2019
'Old Ironsides,' Ozzy Osbourne and Operation Torch: 6 Things to Know About the Army's 1st Armored Division
The 1st Armored Division is the Army’s sole armored division, organized at Fort Knox, Kentucky on July 15, 1940. The unit, based near El Paso, fought on the battlefields of North Africa and Italy during World War II and even hosted Ozzy Osbourne as part of 2002 USO tour to South Korea.
Jul 12, 2019
Boot Camp, Deployments and Homecomings: How One Navy Family Leaned on the USO Every Step of the Way
From boot camp to PCS moves, deployments to homecomings, Jennifer Ohrvall, a Navy spouse and mom living at Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois has seen it all. So what's her secret weapon to taking all the ups and downs of military life in stride? The USO.
Jul 10, 2019
Newcomers PCSing to Kaiserslautern, Germany Get a Warm Welcome and Tour From the USO
For newcomers PCSing to Kaiserslautern, Germany, there's a fast, fun and free way to learn about their new home: the Ramstein Air Base Newcomers Tour, which is co-hosted by the USO, the 86th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Jul 9, 2019
Skiing, Sen. Bob Dole and the Von Trapp Brothers: 10 Facts About the 10th Mountain Division
The 10th Mountain Division is the only unit of its size that is specially trained to operate in winter conditions and arctic terrain. It is among the most deployed units in the United States military.
Jul 9, 2019
Bringing 'Enjoyment to the Deployment': USO Tour Entertains Troops and Educates Performers Over 4th of July
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, headed on a USO tour over the July 4th holiday with "Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik, singer Laura Bryna, comedian Anjelah Johnson, Ms. America 2019 Nia Franklin, "Seal Team" actress Toni Trucks, "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Jul 8, 2019
Gen. Lengyel Embarks on USO Tour Overseas
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, embarks on his first USO tour with "Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik, singer Laura Bryna, comedian Anjelah Johnson, Ms. America 2019 Nia Franklin, "Seal Team" actress Toni Trucks, "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Jul 5, 2019
How a USO2GO Kit Transformed an Empty Room Into a Relaxing Oasis at Del Din
For soldiers stationed at the Caserma Del Din in Vicenza, Italy, life outside of daily duties could be quiet and isolating with nowhere to socialize beyond their barracks. Without funds or resources to build an entirely new USO center, Army leadership got creative: they requested a USO2GO expeditionary kit and made a USO presence and community space for soldiers on base possible.
Jul 3, 2019
Brush Up on Your Independence Day History Before Celebrating on July 4
The Fourth of July makes us think of a lot of things: Barbeques. Parades. Fireworks. Lots of red, white and blue. Will Smith’s movie “Independence Day.” Oh yeah, and the freedom that our founding fathers declared to the world over 200 years ago.
Jul 2, 2019
13 Uniquely American Things to Do on July Fourth Weekend
American troops have served for more than two centuries to keep our nation free. And while we should always honor their sacrifices, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the freedoms they provide. Here are 13 ways you can do just that this July Fourth weekend.
Jun 26, 2019
Finding a Sense of Home at the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl
Service members of all branches of the military come through the doors of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Some arrive because of illness while others come because of a small injury or a more serious wound they’ve obtained while serving downrange. All, however, have access to the USO Warrior Center, which has become a central gathering place for service members receiving treatment in Germany.
Jun 26, 2019
How a Puzzle and a Conversation Saved a Soldier's Life
As liaison for the 101st Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, Julio Mella’s job is to help service members during their time at the medical center. But Mella never anticipated that would also mean saving a soldier’s life -- let alone doing so while completing a puzzle at the USO.
Jun 26, 2019
7 Things the Movies Won't Tell You About U.S. Special Operations Command
Most perceptions of special operations are formed by movies like "American Sniper" or "Zero Dark Thirty." While of some of what you see on the big screen is true, but there's much more to the command than you think. Here are seven facts you should know about U.S. Special Operations Command.
Jun 18, 2019
Military Spouses in Germany Make Friends and Build Community at USO Cooking Classes
Thanks to the generous donations from supporters like you, in Germany at USO Kaiserslautern, the USO offers many opportunities to help military spouses and families adjust to their new environment and build community.
Jun 17, 2019
7 Things You Didn’t Know about the Navy Hospital Corps
Navy corpsmen serve as medical professionals on submarines, vessels and out in the field alongside sailors and marines. To celebrate their anniversary, here are seven facts about the United States Navy Hospital Corps that you need to know.
Jun 16, 2019
'It’s Just for Them': Military Children at NSA Naples Enjoy Some Kids-Only Time at USO Snack Attack
The USO Naples Snack Attack program started three years ago as a way to bring together military children at NSA Naples, Italy and give them time for just themselves. It’s a program made only for children – no adults allowed – and that makes all the difference.
Jun 15, 2019
How this Dad and His Son Connect at USO Storytime in Wiesbaden, Germany
On any given Thursday, Army Sgt. 1st Class Uriah Britt is busy doing what he does best— serving as a soldier. But last September, Britt got a chance to spend a rare weekday morning at USO Wiesbaden's Storytime focused on his other full-time job— being a dad.
Jun 14, 2019
15 Things You Should Know about the Army Corps of Engineers for its Birthday
Best known for building bridges and roads, blasting through obstacles, clearing minefields and more, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and their work impacts the daily lives of civilians and military personnel across the country.
Jun 13, 2019
Father and Son Strengthen Bond While Deployed Together in Qatar
Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Scott, who is deployed to Qatar, will be celebrating Father's Day in a memorable way this year--serving our country alongside his eldest son, Army Staff Sgt. John Scott, who is serving alongside him in the Middle East.