2009 USO Gala Honors Servicemembers

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Abram H. Heller, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary J. Rhyner, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William S. Stevens, U.S. Marine Sgt. Mark A. Robinson and U.S. Army Spec. Michael D. Carter gather before a ceremony recognizing each of them as a USO Servicemember of the Year at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009.





 DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets the West Point Glee Club before their appearnace at the 2009 USO Gala honoring servicemembers , Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Comedian Lewis Black performs as part of his duties as emcee of the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Comedian Lewis Black performs as part of his duties as emcee of the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Flynn addresses guests at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009.
 DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses guests at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009.


 DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Retired Marine Col. H.C. "Barney" Barnum Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient,listens to the speeches during the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Actor Robert Patrick addresses guests at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Country music star Trace Adkins performs at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson; Edward T. Reilly, chairman, USO Board of Governors; and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulate U.S Navy Aircrewman 2nd Class William S. Stevens as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • U.S. Army Spc. Michael D. Carter, U.S. Marine Sgt. Mark A. Robinson, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William S. Stevens, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary J. Rhyner, and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Abram H. Heller display the awards they received as Servicemembers of the Year for their individual branches at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Ian T. Patterson, vice-president ITT Corp., and Edward T. Reilly, chairman, USO Board of Governors, congratulate USO Volunteer of the Year U.S. Army Specialist Timothy Donovan at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson and David J. McIntyre, Jr., president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, present actor Gary Sinese with the Spirit of the USO Award at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
  • Actor Gary Sinise addresses the audience after receiving  the Spirit of the USO Award at the 2009 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley