Fort Shafter USO reopens after upgrades

By U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Public AffairsApril 10, 2023

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FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- The USO Center at Fort Shafter officially reopened April 5.

A ceremony was held to mark the occasion, including remarks by U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Wise and USO Indo-Pacific Regional Vice President Scott Maskery.

Both speakers emphasized the impact USO has made on the Fort Shafter community in the past while underscoring how the upgrades to the center will enable it to have an even greater impact in the future.

Following their remarks, the ceremony continued with a traditional blessing, including a conch shell blower and maile lei untying ceremony.

Improvements to the center focus on providing an even higher level of support to community members. Many of these improvements will allow the USO to offer more children’s and family programs in the future.

For example, the newly reopened center features a new children’s play area, complete with toys and books for kids of different ages. In addition to the play area, there are now more dining areas for families to enjoy the snacks and beverages offered by the USO.

Another notable addition to the facilities is a computer room, stocked with four computer stations that can be leveraged by service members and their families for training and other purposes.

The USO’s commitment to the Fort Shafter community is also reflected in staffing changes. Going forward, the center will be staffed by three dedicated employees who will enable the USO center to provide an even higher level of support to the community and enhance their capabilities to offer more programming and services for service members and their families.