Join us as we celebrate and honor this year’s honorees in a virtual celebration!
Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
Reflections From Our Committee Members:
“Overall, the USO overseas provided a welcome place for all service members to decompress from the daily grind of deployed life. They provided much needed basic services such as a phone call home, email or webcam stations, and care packages. The USO organization coordinated celebrity visits showing America’s appreciation by spending time with the troops and uplifting their spirits as a result. Specifically to USO Tribute Cincinnati, my involvement with this committee is a way to pay it forward to those in need at Walter Reed, Maryland.” — Sean Celi – Rank Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Retired; 21 years of service; My last duty station was Wright-Patterson Air Force Base up the road in Dayton.
“The USO allowed me to call home and talk with my wife, our daughter, and our new-born baby son, from the desert during Desert Shield/Desert Storm while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division. Bob Hope came to the Saudi desert over Christmas with the USO to bring us some laughter and some songs, just like he did in Vietnam, where my father served with the 4th Infantry Division. Our son, now a grown man and previously serving with the 10th Mountain Division, called home from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, through a USO phone bank to talk with his mother and me. Wherever our military is, whether in the desert, the jungle, or the mountains, the USO ensures we have that linkage to home, that support, and that encouragement.”— Phil Tilly – Rank: US Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Retired), he served 26+ years; Phil served in many Army units/divisions. He served with the 1st Cavalry Division (ICD) during Desert Shield/Desert Storm (DSDS), as a Captain.
“My experience with the USO started in 1980 when I first joined the Army. My first duty station was in Germany. We were on a training mission and at the end of the day we were able to lay back and relax. So a few of us were walking across post when we saw a tent with this big USO banner. The closer we got the louder the music was. There was a rock group up on stage playing familiar music and it wasn’t in German. I remember feeling like I was back home. I didn’t feel like I was that far away from home any longer. There were also a few times when I was traveling and had a layover in an airport that I heard about the USO centers. It was so nice to walk in and just be able to sit down in a comfortable chair or couch to watch a movie or the television. All the snacks and drinks you would want or even just set down and read a book. Again, a little love from home. The people that ran the centers were always so nice. One of the greatest organizations I know, The USO.” — Joseph Bowser – Rank: SFC and I was attached with first infantry division in Iraq. Had a total of 14 years of service.
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