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USO Alaska to Celebrate Center Grand Opening

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark opening of USO center at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 8, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHAT: USO Alaska will officially open the USO Alaska Center and the first USO Alaska Wellness Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

WHERE: USO Alaska Center
7076 Chennault Avenue
JBER, Alaska 99506

(Near Government Hill Gate, off of Fighter Drive, between Craw and Chennault Avenue)
 
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. (AKST)
2:00 p.m. Grand opening ceremony begins
2:15 p.m. Introductory remarks, Air Force Honor Guard, National Anthem
2:30 p.m. VIP remarks and ribbon cutting
3:00 p.m. Tours and refreshments of USO Alaska Center and USO Alaska Wellness Center
3:00 p.m. Media Interviews
 
WHO: Dr. J.D. Crouch II, USO President and CEO
Donna Walker, First Lady of Alaska
Col. Brian Bruckbauer, Commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Tara Mogan, USO Alaska Center Director
USO staff, military and community leaders, and other local government representatives
 
WHY: USO Alaska is a local 501(c)3 that supports the mission of the USO to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.The USO Alaska Center and USO Alaska Wellness Center at JBER will be open 365 days a year and will serve more than 30,000 U.S. active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families. The celebration is one of many events USO Alaska has scheduled throughout 2016 in honor of the USO's 75th anniversary of serving the military and their families worldwide.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Interested media must RSVP and military base access is required. For assistance with base access, please coordinate through JBER Public Affairs at 907-552-2906. Parking is available on Craw Avenue or Chennault Avenue.

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 not a government agency, but a private nonprofit organization. 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 make a donation or volunteer with USO Alaska, visit www.uso.org/alaska. Follow USO Alaska on Facebook www.facebook.com/usojber and Twitter @USOAlaska.

Amanda Fletcher
(202) 679-0879