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USO gives to Holloman families

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The 49th Fighter Wing vice commander accepted ten $50 gift certificates for meals at area restaurants Dec. 18 on behalf of families of Airmen stationed at Holloman and deployed overseas.

Ms. Yolanda Castillo, United Services Organizations, and Ms. Diana Campbell, U.S. Foodservice-Albuquerque, presented the gift certificates at a distribution celebration at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

"I would like to present this on behalf of U.S. Foodservice and the USO," Ms. Campbell said as she handed the certificates to vice commander Col. David Moore. "This is to thank the men and women in the field. U.S. Foodservice wanted to thank them for everything they do for all of us."

"It means a lot to (servicemembers) to have community support," Colonel Moore said. "The way they know that, is their families are supported."

Ms. Campbell said most of the 10 gift certificates are for restaurants in and around Alamogordo, with a couple of them in Las Cruces and one in El Paso. She said U.S. Foodservice is a large company with distribution centers serving restaurants, cafeterias and more nationwide, but the gift certificates were sponsored by the Albuquerque division.

"The USO helped us in finding the center (AFRC) and who to coordinate with," Ms. Campbell said. "U.S. Foodservice sponsored the gift certificates. The coupons are from various customers of ours."

"All the support we can give servicemembers makes it that much easier for them to handle everything they have to face," Colonel Moore said. "We're engaged in a long effort overseas and we appreciate your continued efforts."

Ms. Castillo, director of the USO in El Paso, Texas, said this is the second year the USO and U.S. Foodservices have teamed up to give restaurant gift certificates to military families on bases in west Texas and southern New Mexico. "We're hoping to grow (the program) as time passes," she said.

Ms. Campbell said they will present gift certificates Dec. 19 at Fort Bliss, Texas. "We wish we could do more," she said.