USO Osan Opens in South Korea

Troops and USO staffers prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the new USO Osan on Osan Air Base, South Korea. USO photo

Troops and USO staffers prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the new USO Osan on Osan Air Base, South Korea. USO photo

A banner year for center openings and refurbishments continued Wednesday with the opening of USO Osan, a new location inside the Osan Air Base Community Center in South Korea.

USO President Sloan Gibson and Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas were among the officials who attended the ribbon cutting to open the new center.

From left, USO President Sloan Gibson, USO Pacific Regional Vice President Carly Harris and Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas speak at the event. USO photo

From left, USO President Sloan Gibson, USO Pacific Regional Vice President Carly Harris and Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas speak at the event. USO photo

“The USO has been an important member of the military family in Korea for more than 60 years,” Gibson said. “On the eve of America’s birthday, the USO is proud to recognize the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women and military families serving here, their constant vigilance protecting the freedoms for those of us at home.”

The center features many hallmark USO touches, including multiple, free ways to connect to loved ones back in the United States like Internet-ready computers and phones. The center will also offer core USO programming such as United Through Reading’s Military Program. USO Osan and nearby USO Camp Humphreys also plan to co-host large events like barbecues.

Visit the USO Osan Facebook page to keep up with events at the center.

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Will You Join Them?

On Monday, we launched an effort to bring critical year-end support to our troops, especially those who have been wounded, ill or injured. The response has been truly amazing and inspiring.

Thousands of people are coming together to take care of these brave men and women who are just starting their road to recovery. I hope you will join with other USO supporters and make your special year-end donation today.

Please, make your year-end USO donation today to support our troops on the frontlines and all the brave wounded, ill and injured troops recovering here at home.

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This campaign isn’t just about bringing support to the wounded, ill and injured. It’s also about honoring a special request from our troops on the frontlines and in forward operating bases all around the world.

When we ask them what we can do to help, their first answer is always: Take care of my friends who have been wounded.

So, when you give today, you’re honoring the service and sacrifice of our active troops and helping support those who are wounded, ill and injured.

Donate today to help the USO’s effort to bring support to our wounded troops and provide ongoing care for our troops on the frontlines.

I’ve been so encouraged by the way USO supporters like you have stepped up to be there for our troops at this time of year. And I thank you for lending your personal support to this campaign today. – Sloan Gibson, President and CEO, USO

Tell Our Troops “Thanks!”

Our troops serve with great honor and unparalleled bravery. They ask for little in return — just to know America is behind them and supporting their efforts.

You can show your support by leaving a brief message of thanks to our brave servicemen and women at our Thanks From Everywhere map. Just a few words of support from you will make a real difference to our troops.

Please take a moment to add your personal message and say “Thanks From Everywhere” to our troops. 

Thanks From Everywhere is a special way to let our troops know you’ve got their backs and you deeply appreciate their service.

When you add your message, we’ll post it to the interactive map. Your message of support — along with thousands of others — will be available for our troops to enjoy throughout the holidays.

From now until Thanksgiving, we hope to fill up the Thanks From Everywhere map with notes from every hometown across the country.

Join the USO in saying Thanks From Everywhere to our troops. Add your message of thanks today.

Hour by hour, the USO’s Thanks From Everywhere map is filling up with messages from all over America honoring the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women.

I hope you’ll take a moment right now to participate in this show of support. – Sloan Gibson, President and CEO, USO

Your Support

With you by our side, the USO was able to life the spirits of our troops and their families in some powerful ways last year — no matter where their missions took them or what they faced.

That’s why I’m so proud to share our 2011 Investor Report with you. Please take a moment to look it over and see the full scope and power of what your support makes possible.

Check out our 2011 USO Investor Report to see how your support is changing our troops’ lives.

As important as it is to look back at what we’ve accomplished together, you and I know that the troops need us looking ahead. And with your ongoing support, we’re already working to do even more for our brave service men and women in 2012.

And I’m so thankful to have you working by our side to make it all possible. We couldn’t do it without you.

Here’s to making 2012 an even greater year of support.
– Sloan Gibson President and CEO, USO

Our Troops Say Thanks

Thank you so much. As 2011 drew to a close, you stepped up along with thousands of others just like you to support our troops. Your generous donations and support allowed the USO to bring a touch of home to troops stationed around the world.

Because of the generosity of supporters like you, we were able to lift spirits at the more than 57 forward operating bases and combat outposts near Kandahar where our brave men and women are working hard to protect our freedom. But instead of hearing all the good you provided from me, I wanted to share this special message of thanks direct from the front lines in Afghanistan.

Please take a minute to see the faces and hear the words of the brave men and women whose spirits you lifted.

Many of our troops returned from Iraq in 2011, and we are honored by their service. Our commitment to them and their families is ongoing. So is our dedication to the thousands of troops stationed around the world, making incredible sacrifices to protect our freedom.

We couldn’t do all that we are able to do for our troops were it not for you. Thank you for everything you do to support our service men and women and to remind them that they are always at home in our hearts. – Sloan Gibson, USO CEO & President