2012 USO Gala

November 5, 2012

source: WALB News
On November 2, 2012, the USO held its annual gala in Washington, DC. This star-studded event celebrated the USO and featured well-known entertainers from USO celebrity entertainment tours and recognized a special volunteer, as well as honorees selected by the Senior Enlisted representatives from each branch of the armed forces for their extraordinary bravery, loyalty and heroism.

The USO also honored the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret) and Mrs. Deborah Mullen as this year's Spirit of the USO Honorees. The Mullens were honored for their illustrious military career and staunch support of troops and military families. They were surprised by a special tribute video by entertainer and USO tour veteran Robin Williams.

"We are here to celebrate two very dear friends of mine. Not just because they are friends of mine but because of their extraordinary dedication and service to our troops and their families both here and abroad. Admiral Mike Mullen and his wife Deborah Mullen or, as I refer, to her after thousands and thousands of miles of traveling together, 'Mom,'" Williams said. "We visited five continents on four USO Chairman Holiday tours, the emotional highs and lows of these trips were remarkable each trip was a unique experience. ... So Chairman and Mrs. Mullen, I thank you for your leadership, commitment, service and your friendship."

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