Happy 74th Birthday USO

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  • By Airman 1st Class Lonnie Wiram
  • 181st Intelligence Wing
The year was 1941 and the United States was entering World War II. When the troops mobilized, several organizations assembled to support the troops of the U.S. military.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed one organization to provide support to the troops and their families, and thus the United Service Organization was born.

As the military adapted over the years, so did the USO. New programs and services were developed to meet the needs of the military.

Over the 74 years, the USO has always supported the troops and their families. They have sent care packages, built clubs for troops to relax, put on shows, and took care of families on the home front.

The USO of Indiana, a chartered affiliate of USO, Inc., sent a cake and balloons to the Airmen of the 181st Intelligence Wing Feb. 7, 2015, to celebrate their 74th birthday.

"USO Indiana has supported us (181st Intelligence Wing) over the years with Family Days, Christmas parties, Boss Lifts, Girl Scout cookies, Christmas stockings for our members working the holidays, and various other ways in support of our members," said Margaret Amos, 181st Intelligence Wing, Family Readiness Group.

Whatever the conflict, whatever the conditions, wherever the troops go, the USO will be there lifting spirits "until everyone comes home."