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  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Donates $152,000 to the USO

    06/11/2015 4:49:25 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    The numbers tell the story as bidding and buying come to a close for the second annual The Four-Star Salute™, an online charity auction, in-store promotion and online sweepstakes sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® to support military families. A total of 935 bids were received on 87 auction items during the 15-day online auction. $60,000 was raised to be donated to the USO, a nonprofit dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
  • The History Of The Knights of Columbus In World War I

    05/24/2015 6:11:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    The Story of the American Expeditionary Forces THE HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IN WORLD WAR I   Welcoming Sign at Knights of Columbus Hut Father Duval, DSC KOC & 104th Inf. "Everyone Welcome, Everything Free" was the motto of the Knights of Columbus clubhouses which sprung up in Doughboy training camps, in major U.S. cities and wherever a Doughboy could be found. Manned by K of C secretaries who were affectionately known as "Caseys" the clubhouses provided recreation and a few of the amenities of home to any serviceman regardless of race or religion. And to Catholic...
  • Hollywood, star Gary Sinise now entertains only for veterans

    05/21/2015 9:54:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Althoff
    Uses his stardom to ‘do a little more’ Gary Sinise began providing free performances and dinners for Vietnam veterans — what he called “vets nights” — in the late 1970s, long before he was a household name thanks to his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the man who loses his legs in the jungles of Vietnam. Even before he portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor, the Vietnam commander saved by Forrest Gump from certain death in the 1994 best picture winner, the Chicago native and co-founder of the iconic Steppenwolf Theater knew he had to do something to give back to America’s heroes. “I...
  • Stevie Nicks finds a higher calling helping wounded warriors

    03/31/2015 11:47:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    WJLA ^ | 3-25-2015 | Alex Parker
    ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) – One of the most successful and recognizable singers in music history has found a higher calling. Rock icon Stevie Nicks has devoted countless hours visiting and helping wounded warriors and their families heal—both physically and emotionally. “I am more proud of this than Fleetwood Mac or any of the other things I’ve done,” she said. Nicks, the Grammy-award winning singer and star of Fleetwood Mac, was in the Washington area Tuesday, receiving an award for her profound and passionate work with the USO.
  • The Military Absolutely Loved Robin Williams

    08/12/2014 4:43:38 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Time ^ | 12 Aug 14 | Mark Thompson
    <p>Robin Williams was beloved by the U.S. military, perhaps even more so than by the American public. He carried Bob Hope’s mantle as a funny man far from home, often in inhospitable places. Throughout his career, Williams made six USO tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, and 11 other countries and performed for 90,000 troops by the time of his final tour in 2010.</p>
  • TSA Loose Change Act (H.R. 1095; 113th Congress)

    05/16/2014 10:55:18 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | May 15 , 2014 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    H.R.1095 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families, and for other purposes.
  • USO not sweet on NECCO

    07/26/2013 8:50:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 26, 2013 | Donna Goodison
    A Revere candy maker’s 2009 “salute to the troops” partnership with the USO has turned sour.The nonprofit United Service Organizations Inc., which supports American troops and their families, is suing New England Confectionery Co. for alleged trademark infringement and false advertising.NECCO continued to market its “Red, White & You Sweethearts” candies featuring sentiments such as “Proud of U,” “USO” and “Home Safe” long after its sponsorship deal with the USO ended — and without compensating the USO, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston.The USO yesterday declined comment on the ongoing litigation and 
NECCO did...
  • Obama pick: "Let the Jews Pay for it"

    01/06/2013 7:22:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    Back in early December, I posted on Obama's soon-to-be-announced Jew-hater pick for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Much handwringing and chatter followed from Obama's Jews, as if they have anything to say. lml Did they really think Obama would change his mind? He knew what he was doing. There was no way Obama was going to withdraw this Jew-hater. Obama has been crapping on the Jews since he took power, and instead of throwing his pro-jihad ass out in 2012, they line up for more abuse with a knife and fork: "Please, sir, may we have some more?" Obama expected...
  • Contentions Hagel: “Let the Jews Pay for it”

    01/06/2013 7:26:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag ^ | 1/4/13 | Alana Goodman
    Adam Kredo reports that Chuck Hagel’s anti-Israel animosity was obvious well before his career in Congress. While heading up the USO, he clashed with Jewish leaders over a USO port in Haifa: Hagel, who served as president and CEO of the World USO from 1987 to 1990, expressed intense opposition to the USO Haifa Center during a tumultuous 1989 meeting with Jewish leaders, according to multiple sources involved in the fight to keep the post open. “He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it’,” said Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute...
  • Maxim salutes the U.S. military with special issue featuring Kellie Pickler, sexy Marine

    08/01/2012 7:39:35 AM PDT · by DFG · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/31/12 | Diana Falzone
    NEW YORK – Maxim Magazine’s second "Salute to the Military" special edition features a country music cutie, a seriously hot Marine, and several of the magazine's iconic Hometown Hotties from across this great land of ours. "American Idol" veteran and avid military supporter Kelli Pickler graces the cover, and the magazine's head honcho said choosing the singer was a no brainer. “She is not only beautiful, but she is a USO veteran. She’s been on five tours overseas in the past couple of years," Maxim editor-in-chief Dan Bova told "She comes from a military family and she has a...
  • Charlie Sheen to Donate Record $1M to USO (Yes, it's Charlie Sheen)

    07/16/2012 7:08:23 PM PDT · by max americana · 20 replies
    msn ^ | July 16, 2012 | Tim Kenneally
    The "Anger Management" star announced Monday that he will donate $1 million to the United Service Organizations (USO), which will go toward an entertainment facility for injured troops in Bethesda, Md. The donation will mark the largest single contribution from an individual in the organization's history. "It's an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us,” Sheen said of the donation. “They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I'm just happy that my work on 'Anger Management'...
  • Gary Sinise: An American Hero

    02/26/2012 12:53:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2012 | Matthew S. Harrison
    I'd like to tell you about an American hero I know: Gary Sinise. Gary, as you know (unless you live under a rock), played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump and currently stars in CSI New York. He boasts too many other award-winning roles on stage and screen to list. What you probably don't know is how much time, energy, and money Gary spends to serve our troops, both active-duty and veterans, and their families. I first saw Gary perform in the basement of a Catholic church in Highland Park, IL about a million years ago. The lighting was rotten and...
  • Bob Hope Christmases with the Troops

    12/19/2011 7:49:14 AM PST · by bigbob · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-1-09 | answerstolucky via Youtube
    Bob Hope was without a doubt one of the greatest entertainers of all time. A wonderful look at some special moments Bob spent with the troops during his many Christmas performances. Video at the link.
  • Where can I find pics/videos of the "Miss USA" USO tour of 1986?

    11/04/2011 4:02:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies · 1+ views
    In 1986, the winning contestant of the Miss USA contest (Christy Fichtner) and the 8 Miss USA runner ups went on a USO tour. As I understand it, this tour took them to the Mediterranean. I also understand that they entertained on board the USS Coronado, the USS Enterprise, and the USS Truxtun (among many other places). I'm looking for pics and videos of this specific tour, but I've found only a few when there should be HUNDREDS of photos as well as many hours of video. For example, this one keeps on popping up as one of the only...
  • Vanity Thread: Opportunity to help military

    10/06/2011 9:09:58 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 3 replies
    e-mail ^ | 10/6/2011 | Unknown
    Dell giving 250 pcs to military men and women between now and Veterans' Day, also contributing $50K each to USO and Mission Serve

    04/14/2011 12:21:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 120 replies
    WWN ^ | Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 | Erik Van Datiken
    ZURICH – A team of scientific experts has concluded a barrage of laser shots sent the 800-foot-long luxury liner to a watery grave with a loss of more than 1,500 lives. Until Hostettler’s shocking report, it was believed the 46,328-ton Titanic sank shortly before midnight after plowing into a giant iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Hostettler headed an international 10-member team of scientists who concluded that an alien spaceship capable of operating underwater was responsible for the Titanic disaster as well as the sinking of two other ships and an attack...
  • Hanging With The Liberty Bells (USO Benefit In Manhattan)

    02/11/2011 9:10:40 PM PST · by OddLane · 1+ views
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 12, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Two days ago I had the pleasure of attending a benefit concert for the USO at a neighborhood bar in the East Village called Billy Hurricane’s. As you can see by the pictures posted below, the chief attraction that night was the Liberty Bells. I’d just like to thank my dear friend for inviting me to the event, which was a success across the board. The Liberty Bells are beautiful, talented, bright women who are rendering a great service to their country.
  • Watch Kathy Griffin Joke About Deformities In Front Of Battle-Weary Soldiers

    12/06/2010 12:35:36 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 50 replies ^ | 12/06/2010 | Hillary Busis
    When Kathy Griffin joked that Bristol Palin looked like “the white Precious” after her supposed weight gain, her audience—a group of servicemen and women at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California—booed in response. Curiously, though, the group responded much more positively when Griffin made a crack about “deformities”—even though soldiers injured in battle must have been watching the show, VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, both during its taping and as it was simulcast around the globe. Griffin’s joke came during a bit in which she read a list of standards to which she was supposedly ordered to adhere....
  • Kathy Griffin calls Bristol Palin fat at USO event, and soldiers boo her

    12/06/2010 8:35:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 207 replies
    Kathy Griffin calls Bristol Palin fat at USO event, and soldiers boo her By Laura Donovan - The Daily Caller 11:06 AM 12/06/2010 ADVERTISEMENT Comedian Kathy Griffin wasn’t so popular with the troops during her USO Diva’s Salute stand-up act on Sunday, when she poked fun at Bristol Palin’s weight. “[Bristol Palin] is the only contestant in the history of ["Dancing with the Stars"] to actually gain weight.” Following a chorus of boos, Griffin went on to say, “No, come on, come on. She gained, like, 30 pounds a week. I swear to God, it was fantastic. She’s like the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Marisa Miller Hangs Up Wings, Focuses on the Troops (OF COURSE there R pictures! ;-))

    11/11/2010 7:21:04 AM PST · by Stoat · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2010
     When it comes to being an All-American supermodel, Marisa Miller knows she needs to be more than just a pretty face and fabulous figure. The swimsuit stunner confirmed to Pop Tarts that she has shed her “Victoria’s Secret” wings and is now devoting time to projects supporting the U.S military. (edit)Speaking of the military, Miller has also teamed up with Harley-Davidson to show support for the brave men and women who serve in the U.S military. Ever since the first American troops rode Harleys during the Mexican Expedition in 1916, the motor company has committed itself to showing appreciation to...
  • Gene Simmons Military Tribute (Kiss Rocks)

    09/25/2010 5:06:05 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2010 | Gene Simmons
    Gene Simmons doing some patriotic work for our armed forces.
  • President Bush makes surprise visit to US troops

    08/12/2010 6:57:05 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-12-10 | Wordsmith
    In yet another demonstration of what it means to be a class act, President Bush made a surprise trip to the USO at Dallas/Fort Worth airport to greet US troops who were returning home. "What an AWESOME moment," Robert Rowe wrote. "If anyone can't see the President and First Lady's love for our nations troops, they must be dead or blind. May God Bless them ALL !" Richard Cruz wrote: "The look on that kid's face says it all...." And Shirley Lovely Fry added: "A President and First Lady who love their country and their country's military." The USO posted...
  • George W. Bush makes surprise visit to U.S. troops

    08/12/2010 3:45:20 AM PDT · by blueyon · 41 replies
    LATimes ^ | 8/11/10 | Andrew Malcolm?
    Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a surprise visit to U.S. troops this afternoon. They showed up at the USO in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. There they mingled with the returning soldiers, thanked them, chatted and posed for photos as proof of the unexpected encounter for folks back home. The USO just posted an assortment of the photos on its Facebook page, which quickly drew a growing list of appreciative comments. "What an AWESOME moment," Robert Rowe wrote. "If anyone can't see the President and First Lady's love for our nations troops, they must be dead...
  • USO Dallas/Fort Worth's Photos - President Bush surprises the troops

    08/11/2010 5:34:41 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 90 replies
    Facebook ^ | 8/112010 | Facebook
    Title says it all. Some great pics at the link!
  • President Bush and Laura Greet Troops - Facebook pics

    08/11/2010 2:11:35 PM PDT · by q_an_a · 29 replies
    Facebook ^ | 08.10.2010 | Facebook
    The former president and his wife greet 150 returning troops as part of USO welcome program.
  • USO Metro Celebrates Exceptional Troops, Volunteers

    04/15/2010 5:56:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 201+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., April 15, 2010 – Military leaders and a host of celebrities came together here yesterday to pay tribute to outstanding servicemembers and other special honorees at a star-studded event. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience at the annual USO Gala in Arlington, Va., April 14, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The USO of Metropolitan Washington hosted its 28th annual awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a night devoted to USO supporters -– military and civilian --...
  • Mullen, USO Performers Thank Troops in Kuwait

    04/01/2010 5:16:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 154+ views
    KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, April 1, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ended a trip to the U.S. Central Command region with a stop to meet logisticians here. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen also brought USO celebrities with him to remind servicemembers that the American people love them and think of them. Mullen told servicemembers and civilians at a USO event at the airport that he appreciates their hard work, and said they are the unsung heroes of America’s wars. The men and women in Kuwait are responsible for sustaining almost 200,000 U.S. servicemembers fighting in Afghanistan and...
  • USO Plans Family Centers at Bethesda, Belvoir

    01/08/2010 3:29:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 468+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2010 – USO officials plan to build family centers at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va., to continue the USO’s tradition of bringing troops a piece of home. The project was inspired by the Army Community Services center at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, said Sloan Gibson, USO Inc. president, who toured the facility in March. He said he got to thinking about construction under way at Bethesda and Fort Belvoir for new military medical facilities and decided the new facilities needed similar centers. The 25,000 square-foot...
  • USO Offers Respite From Traveling Frenzy

    12/24/2009 11:55:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 462+ views
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 24, 2009 – As the rest of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport bustled with holiday travelers yesterday, its USO Lounge offered military travelers -- many returning home from overseas deployments -- a welcome sanctuary of solace. The USO Lounge at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport offers military travelers a respite from crowded airport terminals, particularly during the holiday season. DoD photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The lounge is conveniently positioned near the international departure gates on the airport’s lower level. Yet, to the dozens of servicemembers who took refuge here yesterday afternoon, it...
  • USO holiday show entertains deployed troops

    12/23/2009 3:51:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 739+ views
    Multi-National Force-Iraq ^ | Cpl. Triah Pendracki, USMC
    Dave Attell, a stand-up comedian, gets a crowd of service members laughing during a United Service Organization holiday show aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 19. Attell and other celebrities showed their support and appreciation for service members deployed throughout Iraq on their USO tour. Photo by Cpl. Triah Pendracki, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd). AL ASAD AIR BASE — The United Service Organization brought some Christmas spirit to the troops here, Dec. 19, as well-known celebrities took to the stage to show support. "To see the smiles and reaction of the troops is truly a precious gift," said...
  • USO tour brings celebrities, cheer to Bagram servicemembers

    12/17/2009 6:06:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 611+ views
    Air Force ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    12/17/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Hundreds of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines gathered here Dec. 15, to enjoy a United Service Organizations' Holiday Troop Visit tour featuring country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, tennis pro Anna Kournikova, acclaimed comedian Dave Attell and legendary tennis coach and inspirational speaker Nick Bollettieri. The celebrities are joining The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah Mullen, for an USO-sponsored holiday troop visit as part of a 13-show whirlwind tour to boost the troops' spirits during the holiday season. Mr. Atell, known for his...
  • YouTube - Bob Hope's Final Vietnam Christmas Tour

    12/17/2009 9:08:19 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies · 467+ views ^ | 9-9-09 | Matt46801
    Bob Hope's last Christmas Tour 1972 In 1996, the U.S. Congress honored Bob Hope by declaring him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces." Bob Hope appeared in or hosted 199 known USO shows.
  • Celebrities Entertain Troops in Afghanistan

    07/16/2009 4:34:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 593+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Michael Greenberger, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 16, 2009 – Celebrities stopped by here yesterday to entertain troops as part of the star-studded USO’s Summer Troop Visit. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the celebrities are travelling throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations to thank troops for their service and sacrifice. The celebrities include actors Bradley Cooper and D.B. Sweeney, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn, National Football League Hall of Famer Don Shula, and sports commentator and model Leeann Tweeden. The group’s first stop was aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, an aircraft...
  • NFL Coaches Join Iraq USO Tour

    07/05/2009 2:52:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 468+ views
    Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher (right) and Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher share some laughs with U.S. servicemembers during a National Football League coaches USO tour of Iraq, at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, July 2. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Edwin L. Wriston, Joint Combat Camera Center – Iraq. KIRKUK — It was a long line for Soldiers and Airmen, but awaiting them at the end were legendary NFL coaches ready to sign photos, shirts or anything else you could scribble a signature on. The coaches, who included New York Giants’ Coach Tom Coughlin, Baltimore Ravens’...
  • NFL coaches visit troops in Iraq in first USO trip

    07/04/2009 3:16:46 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 854+ views
    The soldiers expressed their gratitude over and over to the NFL coaches who made the trip to Iraq. "They kept thanking us," said the Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher. "We kept thanking them." Fisher, the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, the Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh, former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden are taking part in the first NFL-USO coaches tour over the Fourth of July weekend. A world they knew only through the distant glimpses of news reports turned very real for the coaches as they met with hundreds of soldiers in three...
  • USO Opens ‘Oasis’ in Basra Desert

    06/26/2009 5:17:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 439+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Frank Vaughn, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 26, 2009 – The familiar refrain of “There’s nothing to do around here after work” will hopefully be a thing of the past here with the opening of a new center for rest and relaxation. Workers install padding on the floor of the new Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness center at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, June 24, 2009. The fitness center is slated to open July 1and is one of the services MWR will offer in cooperation with United Service Organizations, which is also housed in the building. U.S. Army photo by Sgt....
  • Stephen Colbert Lands in Iraq, Shares Big Laughs with Troops

    06/12/2009 6:36:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,303+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    Stephen Colbert interviews special guest Gen. Ray Odierno, commanding general of the Multi-National Force - Iraq during Monday night's episode of "The Colbert Report." Photo by Lee Craker. CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD — It is official - Stephen Colbert came, saw and conquered Iraq, claiming victory on day three of his six-day adventure to the Middle East. Arriving in a C-17 from Kuwait, Colbert landed at the Baghdad International Airport, June 5, and began preparing for his shows at Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace, as part of his tour "Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando." "We wanted to call it 'Feelin HOT,...
  • Guitar legend Huey Long dies at 105 (last of the Decca Ink Spots...)

    06/11/2009 11:52:54 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 1,062+ views
    KHOU 11 ^ | Thursday, June 11, 2009 | no byline
    Guitar legend Huey Long, the last surviving member of the original Ink Spots, died June 10 in Houston at the age of 105. Long was born in Sealy, Texas. He worked various jobs in the Houston area until he got his big break playing banjo in the Frank Davis Louisiana Jazz Band. In 1936, Bill Kenny, the leader of the Ink Spots, talked Long into leaving the jazz trio joining the Ink Spots. ...He moved back to Houston in the 90s, having written and arranged more than 80 songs. Long is survived by his daughter, Houston resident Anita Long, and...
  • Portable USO Center Brings ‘Piece of Home’ to Soldiers

    06/03/2009 6:36:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 203+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Amber Robinson, USA
    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, June 3, 2009 – Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Shank here gathered May 27 for the dedication of the first “USO in a Box.” Army Lt. Col. Eugene Shearer, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shelton Williamson, Army Col. Marcus Cochran and Kevin Meade cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the USO’s first portable facility at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan’s Logar province, May 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amber Robinson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The facility was dedicated to the soldiers who serve, have served and to those who have...
  • Bob Hope commemorative stamp released by U.S. Postal Service

    06/01/2009 6:21:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 35 replies · 1,525+ views ^ | U.S. Postal Service Public Affairs
    SAN DIEGO (Army News Service, May 29, 2009) -- Aboard the USS Midway Friday the U.S. Postal Service released the 44-cent Bob Hope commemorative stamp on what would have been the world-renowned entertainer and philanthropist's 106th birthday. Although Hope never officially served in the military, he dedicated a significant part of his life to entertaining the country's men and women in uniform starting in 1941 and continuing through Operation Desert Storm 50 years later. After giving hundreds of performances overseas he earned the nickname "G.I. Bob" and in 1997 he became the first person ever recognized by Congress as an...
  • On Tour with Toby Keith: Danger, Excitement, Gratitude

    04/29/2009 4:25:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 901+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – Country music megastar Toby Keith has performed for rowdy, appreciative troops more than 130 times over seven straight years. But during this year’s “America’s Toughest Tour,” he said, “The boys and girls were rockin' and laughin' like never before.” Country music megastar Toby Keith started his seventh USO tour in Afghanistan April 21, 2009, and has been putting on shows at a series of remote forward operating bases, most of which haven't had any outside entertainment come through in six months. Here, Keith entertains Marines at FOB #2 in Bakwa. Looking over his shoulder,...
  • Toby Keith Entertains Troops in Afghanistan

    04/28/2009 5:45:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 560+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Michael Greenberger , USA
    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan, April 28, 2009 – Country singer and troop supporter Toby Keith finished up a 15-show tour in Afghanistan yesterday as he drew near the end of his seventh tour with the United Service Organizations. Service members crowd the stage April 27, 2009, at Bagram Air Field, to catch a photo of Toby Keith during his concert in Afghanistan. This was Keith’s seventh tour with the United Service Organizations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Keith spent five days criss-crossing the war-torn country visiting bases large and small in...
  • USO Metro Takes ‘Home’ to Troops with New Mobile Canteen

    04/23/2009 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 526+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – The USO of Metropolitan Washington unveiled the newest addition to its arsenal in a brief ceremony at the Pentagon today. The USO Mobile Canteen is a 34-foot vehicle that will deploy throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region in support of community events and on military installations to support events and training exercises. “I think this is an example, yet again, of Metro USO’s commitment to support our troops and their families no matter where they’re serving,” said Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Having this is...
  • Chairman Brings USO Show to Remote Afghan Bases

    04/22/2009 10:23:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 663+ views
    CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009 – Max Martini, who plays Army Master Sgt. Mack Gerhardt in the CBS show “The Unit,” raced up a steep hill at a combat outpost in 28 seconds. Actor Robert Patrick from the CBS television series "The Unit" cheers on fellow cast member Max Martini in a race with soldiers assigned to Combat Outpost Deysie, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a six-day tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility escorting a USO tour, meeting with counterparts and visiting troops....
  • Seventh Annual RALLY FOR THE TROOPS (Cleveland, Ohio)

    04/19/2009 4:59:45 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 31 replies · 1,439+ views
    GOP_Lady | 04-19-09 | GOP_Lady
    RALLY FOR THE TROOPSThe seventh annual Rally for Troops was held in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 19, 2009, on Public Square from 11 a.m. to noon.  It featured tributes to military personnel and veterans.  Motorcycle processions from various Harley-Davidson dealerships in Northeast Ohio arrived downtown at 10 a.m.  Organizers said last year an estimated 5,000 motorcyclists attended the event, which is held regardless of the weather. Here are some pictures of this event.
  • USO, Military Families Show Troops Support with Care Packages

    04/09/2009 4:49:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 486+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., April 9, 2009 – While many children are spending their spring break away from the schoolhouse on the couch watching television or playing video games, some spent part of their week off this year volunteering and giving back to their military community. Rebecca Stoffer, right, places a USO care package into a shipping box for deployed troops during a care package party April 9, 2009, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Stoffer and her two children were among 70 volunteers, including more than 50 children ages 3 to 17, who spent the day filling care packages with toiletries...
  • USO Metro Salutes Exceptional Troops, Volunteers

    03/26/2009 4:28:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., March 26, 2009 – The United Services Organizations honored members of the U.S. military and those who support them during an event held here last night that recognized selfless service and volunteerism . From left: Army Spc. Brent Hendricks, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro, Army Sgt. Kurtis Dellicker, and Army Sgt. Jason Shepperly listen as Comedian Al Franken shares a few words about his commitment to the United Service Organization during the USO-Metro 27th Annual Awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Arlington, Va., March 25, 2009. The wounded warriors had just presented the...
  • USO, NFL Host Super Bowl Party for Troops, Wounded Warriors

    02/02/2009 5:23:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    FORT MYER, Va., Feb. 2, 2009 – For the third straight year, the National Football League and the USO of Metropolitan Washington teamed up to sponsor a Super Bowl party for Washington-based servicemembers and their families. Washington Redskins cheerleaders Michelle, left, and Megs give Army Pfc. Sean Dozire an autographed Redskins Cheerleaders Calendar during a Super Bowl XLIII party Feb. 1, 2009, at Spates Community Club on Fort Myer, Va. The USO-Metro and National Football League hosted the party for wounded warriors, military members and their families. U.S. Army photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden   (Click photo...
  • Deployed Soldiers Get a ‘Troop Cave’ with Creature Comforts

    01/23/2009 3:35:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 322+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2009 – “Kuwait” and “all the comforts of home” are phrases rarely uttered in the same sentence, but a “Man Caves” makeover at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, will show that sometimes the improbable can happen. Tony Siragusa, second from right, former National Football League player and co-host of DIY Network TV’s “Man Caves,” bonds with members of an Ohio National Guard unit during a taping of the show’s one-hour special, “Man Caves: USO Troop Edition.” DIY courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The DIY Network TV show regularly turns basements and dens into guy-friendly...
  • No Fancy Venues, But the USO Stars Rock (in Afghanistan)

    12/19/2008 12:44:25 PM PST · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 3,140+ views
    DOD ^ | 12-17-08 | Jim Garamone
    This year’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USO Holiday Tour has played at an aircraft hangar in Germany, in a maintenance facility and in an in-processing facility here in Afghanistan. The tour’s stars -- Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Lewis Black, Tichina Arnold, Zac Brown, Kathleen Madigan and John Bowman -- have played far more prestigious venues, but probably none as appreciative. And their usual audiences generally don’t get this warning: “In case of a rocket attack, let’s do what we always do – hit the ground and count to 100,” Army Brig. Gen. John Nicholson, deputy commanding general...