The USO’s support throughout Alaska is traced back to WWII, with temporary USO Clubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Seward, Juneau, Sitka and Skagway (1941-1947).
The USO is a 501c3 nonprofit military support organization. The mission of the USO is to connect service members with family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.
There are now more than 200 USO locations worldwide, offering a broad, ongoing scope of support for those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Since late 2015, USO Alaska has supported the mission of the USO by offering a variety of programs and outreach initiatives to ease the challenges of service for Alaska’s military. In February 2016, during the USO’s 75th anniversary year, the first-ever USO Wellness Center and USO Alaska Center opened at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) near Anchorage. The centers are open to all active duty service members, members of the National Guard, Reserve and their dependents.
During 2016, the USO Alaska Center and USO Wellness Center at JBER welcomed nearly 15,000 guests. USO Alaska’s programs and services touched another 37,000, for a total first year impact of 52,000 of Alaska’s military community. Staff and volunteers delivered hundreds of new toys to military families across the holidays and provided food and beverages at homecomings and deployments, supported numerous wellness activities, facilitated baby showers, and events to help strengthen the resiliency of military families coping with the unique challenges of military life.
Expansion to Interior Alaska is in progress, with a permanent USO presence opened at at Eielson AFB in February 2017 and the third USO Alaska Center scheduled to open at Fort Wainwright in late 2017-early 2018. The USO is also updating the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Anchorage to enhance the enlistment experience for service members new to the military.
Volunteers are always needed! We welcome active duty, spouses, retirees, vets and civilians. Anyone interested may complete the volunteer interest form at https://volunteers.uso.org. A USO Center Operations Supervisor will contact you with more information.
Donations may be made through the Combined Federal Campaign; CFC# 11381, online at http://alaska.uso.org, or by check/money order payable to “USO Alaska.” Mail to: USO Alaska Donation Processing Center, PO Box 96044, Washington DC 20077-7677. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Tara Mogan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax ID #13-1610451.
USO Alaska Programs and Outreach USO Alaska works with installations throughout the state to identify and respond to ongoing needs for support and morale-boosting activities, resources and entertainment. For example, USO Alaska facilitated delivery of Mobile Entertainment Gaming Systems (MEGS) for U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s deployed ships and the delivery of tailored USO2GO packages for soldiers training at the Northern Warfare Training Center at Black Rapids. The USO Show Troupe also entertained thousands during a five day, six-show tour to five military installations, performing for all service branches. Additional programs and outreach services include but are not limited to:
• Wellness challenges and activities • Military couples’ resiliency seminars • Monthly USO pancake breakfasts • No Dough Dinners • USO Special Delivery baby showers • USO2GO support for isolated installations • Prizes, free tickets • Free Wi-Fi, printing, computer access • Transitional assistance for military families • Movie Nights • Operation Standing Guard • Yoga & Strength Training classes • Operation Write Home • Football Feeding Frenzies • Homecoming & deployment support • Holiday gifts for military families in need • Arts & craft activities for military children • USO Entertainment events/special guests • USO Mobile support
For event updates and more info: *Online: * Follow us on Facebook: @USOEielson @USOFortWainwright @USOJBER Twitter, Instagram: @USOAlaska USO Alaska Website: https://alaska.uso.org
Volunteer interest form: https://volunteers.uso.org;
Statewide & Sponsorship Support:
Tara Mogan, USO Alaska Center Director
(907) 227-5997 or email@example.com
JBER/Anchorage support: Ann Jarvis, JBER Center Ops & Programs Manager, (907) 280-9870, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interior Alaska support: Tony Gantt, Interior Center Ops & Programs Manager, (907) 385-9141 or email@example.com