Welcome to my 2016 Campaign for Team USO. I hope you can help me continue in my journey to honor the memory of my Mother and support the mission of the USO.
I grew up in an Army family. Some of my earliest memories were travelling through Europe with my parents. Periodically we would come across USO facilities at Bases or in some cities. They were like little breathes of home. I learned how to play pool, found some interesting books, and got a love of the theater through discount programs offered at these facilities. I also learned a lot talking to the volunteers who staffed the centers.
As an adult, I joined the Air Force serving as a navigator and pilot. I went around the world and fought in many campaigns ranging from Panama to Desert Storm and many others that followed until 2007. I remember shortly after getting to Saudi Arabia finding a little shack with a USO sign. There was an energetic volunteer and, at that time, a room with some board games, random packages of stuff sent by people back home and letters to the troops. I would occupy my time going to that center and writing back to people I didn't even know and enjoying the company of fellow service members. It was a little piece of normal in the middle of everything that was not normal going on around me.
I strongly support the USO mission. I have been impacted by it through my life many times.
In 2012 my Mother passed away. The USO was her favorite charity. I run the Army Ten-Miler in memory and honor of my Mother, Patricia Stanley. It seems to make sense to me to make this a memorial run as I grew up in an Army family, have been a runner for a long time, and support the USO mission.
I hope you can support me this year helping the USO and continuing my personal journey in memory of my Mom.
For those of you who don't know about Team USO-
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
For 75 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.
Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.
The USO is proud to partner with the 2016 Army Ten Miler. Each year over 35,000 runners come to Washington, DC to participate in the Army’s annual Army Ten-Miler running event. ATM is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and is the third largest 10-mile race in the world.