Home for the Holiday: Winners Announced

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USO Europe's Director of Operations, Michael Lewis, and Tina Turner from CWTSato Travel picking the winners at AFN Europe studios.

Over the last 11 years, USO Europe, United Airlines, CWTSato Travel, USAA and TKS have worked together to send 176 single, junior enlisted service members “Home for the Holidays”. This year, another lucky 16 service members received the great news that their name was pulled from over 1,100 entries - the largest in the giveaway’s history!

This year’s winners will receive a round-trip ticket to the US, courtesy of United Airlines and CWTSato Travel, a $100 gift card from USAA and a Nokia 1 smartphone and EasyTV App from TKS! Broadcasting live from AFN Europe’s studios during The Midday Flight, winners were announced and a few lucky winners learned the news on air, as USO Europe’s Director of Operations, Michael Lewis and Tina Turner of CWTSato Travel called from the AFN Europe studios.

As USO staff members called winners to share the news, winners emphatically shared just how much winning this prize package meant to them. One winner plans to surprise his family, not announcing he’s going to be flying home for Christmas until he rings the doorbell! Another shared that, “this is the best thing that’s happened to me in three years!”

Special thanks to the event sponsors, AFN Europe and to all USO Centers in Europe for the collective dedication and support to make the holidays even brighter for our single, junior enlisted service members!

Congratulations to:

  • Colton Harris, stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey
  • Jesse Davis, stationed in Baumholder, Germany
  • Tyler Schaeffer, stationed in Baumholder, Germany
  • Valissa Ebersole, stationed in Naples, Italy
  • Ronald Podkoshin, stationed at Rhein Ordnance Barracks, Germany
  • Jacob Martin, stationed at Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Ethan Scott, stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England
  • Troy Peyton, stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England
  • Ian Valone, stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England
  • Daveon Goldsmith, stationed at Kleber Kaserne, Germany
  • Jonathan Montes de Oca, stationed in Baumholder, Germany
  • Colton Ethridge, stationed in Baumholder, Germany
  • Juan Delgado, stationed in Vilseck, Germany
  • Montreal Lee Montreal, stationed in Germany
  • Gary Holder, stationed at NAVSTA Rota, Spain
  • Jonathan Duncan, stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany

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