USO Fort Riley Update
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Fort Riley center construction well underway
Walls came tumbling down a military ID. W H AT ’S I N T HE US O?
Veterans Day as contractors be- A small family room is avail-
gan the final phase of USO Fort able for families with children The USO is co-located with the Arts & Crafts center at Bldg. 6918
Riley’s construction Nov. 11. under 18 years of age to visit Trooper Drive, next to Burger King on Custer Hill. USO programs
Within a few days, the walls of together, and will include a com- & services are free for service members & their families.
the old Arts and Crafts Center puter, TV and a few games. • Snack bar
area had been removed, and new Tentative hours have been set:
frames helped create the shell of • Wi-Fi & computer lab
• Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to
the new center. 8 p.m. • Video gaming area with Xbox® 360, PS3®s, & a WiiTM area
Throughout most of December, • Traditional gaming area with pool, air hockey, foosball, shuf-
more than a dozen workers in at • Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
fleboard, poker & chess tables
least three specialties focused on • Saturday and Sunday, Noon to
HVAC, electrical and erecting • Movie theater area with large screen TV & a DVD/Blu-rayTM
6 p.m. library
walls that will create an atmos-
phere for rest, relaxation and fun Hours may be adjusted based • TVs throughout with Dish Network® channels
for Fort Riley soldiers and family. on need and usage.
Day-to-day center operations • Conference/multipurpose room to reserve
The stripped building will
transform into a 7,000+ sq. foot will be managed by new pro- • United Through Reading® Military Program
area are that will offer game grams manager Jackie Eary- • Phone calls home
rooms, fireplace lounges, meeting Badrawi.
Volunteers will be needed • Outdoor patio area with small stage
room, family room, café with free
snacks and drinks and library. seven days a week to help run the • Lounge areas with fire places
The center is expected to open center. Anyone interested in vol- • Library/study area with books & magazines
in March and will be open 365 unteering may contact Jackie at
785-320-1167 or jearybad- • Family room with computer, TV, games
days a year and provide services
to anyone over 18 years-old with firstname.lastname@example.org. • Various activities & events throughout the year
USO Fort Riley welcomes programs manager ABOUT THE USO
USO Fort welcomes the fortable in,” she at this posi- The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts
addition of Jackie Eary- said. tion,” Jackie the spirits of America’s troops and their fami-
Badrawi as programs man- As the pro- said. lies. We provide a touch of home through
ager. She is the center’s centers at airports and military bases around
grams manager, “I would like
second full-time employee. the world, top quality entertainment and
Jackie will be to be able to
innovative programs and services tailored to
“We are very happy to responsible for continue the meet troop needs. We also provide critical
have Jackie here to help recruiting, train- success the support to those who need us most, including
open the USO at Fort Ri- ing and schedul- USO has had forward-deployed troops and their families,
ley,” said Director April ing volunteers, overseeing with providing programs wounded warriors and their families, and the
Blackmon. several programs, including that soldiers enjoy and keep families of the fallen.
Jackie is an internal trans- the United Through Read- coming back to.”
ing® Military Program, as The USO is a private, non-profit organization,
fer from the USO in Grafen- A native of Kansas and a
not a government agency; we rely on the
woehr, Germany, where she well as daily operations of graduate of Kansas State generosity of our donors. In addition to indi-
worked as an information the USO center. University, Jackie is the vidual donors and other corporate sponsors,
specialist. She began at Fort “I felt like with this posi- daughter of a former Airman the USO is supported by Worldwide Strate-
Riley Nov. 18. tion, I would be able to do and an Army spouse. She gic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boe-
“I really enjoy being able more for our soldiers. I love enjoys horseback riding, ing Company, Clear Channel Communications,
to help the soldiers who what the USO already does four-wheeling and gaming. The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture,
protect our country and our for them and I thought I You can contact Jackie at Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation,
way of life to have a place would be able to be more 785-320-1167 or jearybad- Northrop Grumman Corporation, S & K Sales
they can relax and feel com- productive and more useful email@example.com. Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, as well
as other corporate donors, including the
United Way and Combined Federal Cam-
SEND SOME LOVE DOWNRANGE paign (CFC-11381). We strive to deliver
Visit the Stars and Stripes online — messages.stripes.osd.mil — and leave a free message maximum benefit for troops and their families
for your loved ones to appear in their e-mail and in the newspaper this Valentine’s Day. from every donor dollar. For more informa-
tion, please visit www.uso.org.
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Snacks, warm drinks available at Soldier Readiness Processing Center
When service members de- to assist, as well said.
ploy or come home, they spend as a way to say The USO is in need of dona-
a day at the Soldier Readiness ‘thanks’ to our tions to help this program con-
Processing (SRP) site doing a men and women tinue. Hot chocolate, coffee,
variety of paperwork. in uniform — and individually wrapped
Since this summer, USO even if just on a snacks are the primary needs.
friends and donors have been small scale.” We ask those who bake
providing snacks, baked good- Today, any snacks that they individually
ies, hot chocolate and coffee soldier visiting the wrap the items to prevent
for them during these long SRP site can find germs from spreading.
days. a small USO Healthy snacks and trail mix
Two SRP employees, Stepha- snack area with have been requested in addition
nie Luce and Kathy Skipper, cupcakes, cookies, to the sweets.
approached the USO several trail mix, chips Donations can be dropped off
months ago to seek additional and other home- at the USO office, Bldg. 6918
assistance to the snacks and made treats. Treats and warm beverages are laid out each day Trooper Drive, right next to
drinks the SRP employees had Also, thanks to a for the service members going through the SRP site. Burger King on Custer Hill (on
been donating. recent donation of the ITR side of the building).
“With a brigade deploying two stainless steel We will take donations Mon-
and one redeploying at the coffee canisters by Pioneer can’t buy in the vending ma- day and Wednesdays, between
same time, the SRP site was Services, the USO and SRP are chines. Now we can offer hot 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
constantly filled with service able to provide improved ser- tea and hot chocolate too. When dropping off items,
members and was taking a toll vices, which include coffee and It’s donations like these and please leave your name/mailing
on the small amount of dona- hot tea/hot chocolate. the countless number of snacks address.
tions SRP was getting from its “When you have 300 soldiers that have been donated by vol- Financial donations can also
employees and friends,” said coming through in a day, they unteers that make a normally be mailed to USO Fort Riley,
April Blackmon, USO Fort go through the coffee pretty stressful and boring wait more 6918 Trooper Drive, Fort Ri-
Riley director. “We knew this quickly and have requested homey and welcoming for our ley, KS 66442. Donations are
was a good opportunity for us additional beverages that they service men and women,” April tax-deductible.
Get involved: Upcoming events, programs
‘No Dough Dinners’ read books to their children on DVD. provide a touch of home for the single
To request UTR for your unit, just send soldiers returning to the barracks.
The USO continues to provide service an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The goal is to provide items for soldiers
members and their families with free to make it through those first few days
dinner on the last business day before Volunteers needed until they have the chance to go shopping
each pay day from 5-7 p.m. for their rooms.
The following No Dough Dinners will Volunteers are our greatest asset and the
We are seeking the following donations
be held at the ACS building on Custer backbone of the USO. USO Fort Riley is
to make these homecoming kits:
Hill, next to Kapaun Chapel. seeking volunteers to assist with the fol-
Upcoming dates: • Travel shampoo
• Jan.14 — Pizza, sponsored by Man- • United Through Reading®, locations • Travel size bar of soap
hattan Military Relations Committee and times/dates vary • Toothbrush
• Jan. 28 • Travel size toothpaste
• No Dough Dinners, last working day
• Feb. 12 before pay day, 4-7:30 p.m. • Wash cloth
• Non-perishable, individually
United Through Reading® • USO Fort Riley center, beginning late wrapped snacks
Military Program February • Thank you notes
All units and individuals deploying this
fall and next year are eligible to partici- Homecoming kits A drop box for donations is located at
pate in the United Through Reading® It’s never too early to start collecting Bldg. 6918 Trooper Drive. Units/organiz-
Military Program. We encourage units to for the next batch of Single Soldier ations can serve as drop off points as well,
schedule this program at least 3-4 months e-mail email@example.com for more
prior to deployment. Thousands of soldiers will be returning information.
Units can request the program to set up in 2010 from their deployments. USO Financial contributions can be mailed
in their building to allow their soldiers Fort Riley will be working with the Fam- to: USO Fort Riley, 6918 Trooper Drive,
about 10 minutes during duty hours to ily Readiness Groups of these units to Fort Riley, KS 66442.
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Warrior Transition Battalion day room opens
Spc. Christopher Jones and USO Fort Riley Director
April Blackmon cut a ceremonial cake during the official
opening of the Warrior Transition Battalion Day Room
Nov. 30 in Bldg. 610.
The USO provided many of the furnishings and equip-
ment for the room as part of its Operation Enduring
Care program. The day room is open to all wounded
USO NEWS IN BRIEF
Admin offices to open in January ploying service members make at Fort A graduate of Kansas State University,
Riley before heading overseas. he holds a Master of Business Administra-
USO staff will soon have a home-base to Items can be dropped off at the USO, tion degree from Auburn University, com-
work from. An admin area is set to open in Bldg. 6918 Trooper Drive, or contact pleted the Air Command and Staff College
January. Better Opportunities for Single Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; U.S.
Soldiers (BOSS) representatives are also information. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks,
preparing to move to the admin space. Pa.; and the Program for Senior Executives
The office is located at 6918 Trooper Kansas’ Gen. Myers named USO in National and International Security at
Drive. Enter at the door on the left. Board of Gov. chairman-elect the John F. Kennedy School of Govern-
We continue to provide services as con- ment at Harvard University.
struction continues. Please contact us with The USO Board of Governors has General Myers also serves on several
questions or needs by e-mail at usofor- named Gen. Richard B. Myers (USAF, public and non-profit boards and lectures
email@example.com or 785-320-1167. ret.) chairman-elect. General Myers will nationally on national security issues and
work with other board members, Chairman leadership. He is Foundation Professor of
USO thanks local United Through Edward Reilly and USO President and Military History and Leadership at Kansas
CEO Sloan Gibson in this capacity until State University and holds the Colin Pow-
Reading® coordinator November 2010, when he will become ell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Char-
USO Fort Riley would like to recognize Chairman of the Board of Governors. acter at National Defense University.
Karinne Cortes for her outstanding service “The USO is hard at work lifting the
and leadership in USO’s United Through spirits of America’s troops and their fami- USO expands role with DeCA
Reading® Military Program. lies serving around the world,” said Reilly.
The USO announced an aggressive ef-
Since last spring, Karinne has dedicated “General Myers brings a wealth of opera-
fort to expand its fundraising partners who
herself to a calling that provided hope and tional experience and strategic vision that
sell products through the Defense Com-
love for children of deployed soldiers. She will guide the USO as we support those
missary Agency (DeCA) this fall. Under
helped build the program at Fort Riley and who serve our nation.”
General Myers, originally from Kansas this new relationship, the USO, DeCA and
scheduled readings with numerous units.
City, Mo., has served on the board since the agency’s vendors will be able to par-
As her husband heads to Iraq, we wish
being elected in 2006. Prior to joining the ticipate in a broader range of promotions
Karinne and her family the very best and
to benefit the troops and their families
thank her for her months of service to the USO Board of Governors, he was the 15th
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and through the USO.
men and women who serve this nation.
served as the principal military advisor to “For the past 13 years the USO had an
the President, the Secretary of Defense, outstanding promotional relationship with
Books, decks of cards wanted and the National Security Council. an individual broker on a number of pro-
Prior to becoming chairman, he motions,” said Sloan Gibson, president and
Have any pa-
served as vice chairman of the CEO of the USO. “USO programs and
Joints Chiefs of Staff. Having commissary shoppers benefited greatly
puzzle books or
served in the Air Force since 1965, from these promotions, but participation
decks of cards to
his career included operational com- was limited to the companies affiliated
spare? USO Fort
mand and leadership positions in a with that broker.
Riley has been
keeping shelves variety of Air Force and joint as- “In order to respond to requests from a
stocked at the signments. He is the author of Eyes number of other DeCA partners, we de-
manifest site — on the Horizon: Serving on the cided to expand our role with the commis-
the last stop de- Front Lines of National Security. saries.”