USO Experience Comes to OKC
By Krista Townsend
USO Experience Comes to Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Okla. (July 23, 2021) – The United Service Organizations (USO) brings to Oklahoma City its in-person USO Experience presented by signature sponsor, Tinker Federal Credit Union. The USO Experience will connect Oklahoma’s military and the surrounding community for a three-day celebration featuring recreational activities and two nights of concerts headlined by singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and season four winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Danielle Bradbery.
“Less than 1% of Americans are serving in the U.S. military. The USO Experience brings together the military and civilian communities in a unique opportunity to bridge the civilian-military drift,” said Gary Cole, USO Central Region president. “Through the USO Experience, Oklahomans can participate side by side with our Armed Forces, gaining a greater understanding of their service and gratitude for their sacrifice.”
The events run from Friday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 22 at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park. The USO invites all Oklahoma City residents and visitors to participate in daily activities including:
· Assembly of USO Care Packages, which are distributed to service members around the world.
· “Military Village” with hands-on exhibits and events made possible by the Department of Defense including a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter; a UH-72A Lakota helicopter; artillery displays from Fort Sill; and a U.S. Marine Corps enlistment ceremony (Aug. 20-21).
· Aerial demonstration by U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, The Black Daggers.
· Rocket League 3v3 virtual gaming tournament, which is a USO Invitational Qualifier with a prize pool of $5,000.
· RIVERSPORT adventure activities (Aug. 21-22; for purchase).
Live concerts conclude activities with Hunter Hayes on Aug. 20 and Danielle Bradbery on Aug. 21 at Scissortail Park. Evenings includes KLAW 101.3’s Jeri Anderson, a member of the military-family community, as emcee and feature a performance by the Oklahoma National Guard 145th Army Band.
USO Oklahoma provides outreach support to service members and their families at Fort Sill, Oklahoma City Military Entrance Processing Stations, Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, Tinker Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base, Army Recruiting Battalion and Oklahoma National Guard. This year marks the first USO Experience in Oklahoma City and is made possible by presenting sponsor, Tinker Federal Credit Union. Additional sponsors include Boeing, the U.S. Marine Corps, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, the Military Officers Association of America and the Oklahoma Defense Industry Association.
About the USO:
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the Nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Tinker Federal Credit Union:
Tinker Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oklahoma, serving members online and areas surrounding Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Ada, Bethany, Choctaw, Edmond, Enid, Midwest City, Norman, Shawnee, Stillwater, Tulsa and Yukon. TFCU offers savings, checking, loans and other financial services.