This Highest Civilian Honor Bestowed on Elaine Rogers by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Online PR News – 28-May-2011 – – Arlington, VA – May 26, 2011 – Elaine Rogers, President & CEO of USO of Metropolitan Washington, today was presented the Distinguished Public Service Award by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon. This is the highest award that can be given to a civilian by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Rogers was recognized for her incredible dedication to the servicemembers and their families, through tireless efforts to expand and innovate programming at USO-Metro, including significant expansion of USO-Metro’s charter to provide services and support for military families, particularly local families of deployed servicemembers, and family members visiting wounded heroes at the local hospitals. Rogers has worked with USO-Metro for over 35 years, serving as president for the last 34 years. Under Ms. Rogers’ leadership, USO-Metro has increased the scope and depth of the programs it provides to active duty military and their families. USO-Metro services have grown to include emergency housing, food assistance, therapeutic and morale boosting programs at area military hospitals, the TicketLine program, nine family service centers and airport lounges – including the flagship USO International Gateway Lounge at BWI Airport, and Operation USO Care Package – a worldwide program managed by USO-Metro that has successfully delivered nearly 2 million care packages to deployed and deploying troops.
Throughout her tenure, Ms. Rogers has worked to grow private and corporate annual donations from $100,000 to over $14 million in cash, goods and services. She has successfully developed the volunteer roster from 50 to nearly 5,000. This dedicated volunteer corps, along with meticulous, program-focused management continues to ensure that 93 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services.
Upon being presented with this honor, Rogers noted, “Throughout our history, the USO has been a ‘home away from home’ for service members worldwide... Military families endure tremendous sacrifice to ensure our freedom and security. The USO’s role is to do the little things that help them know they are supported and appreciated. We greatly appreciate this recognition from you, Admiral Mullen, and from the Department of Defense, that we’re on the right track and providing services that our heroes and their families need.”
For her tireless dedication to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, Ms. Rogers has been recognized by the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force with service awards and medals. She has also been honored by the Secretary of Defense with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and by the Military District of Washington with the Doctor Mary E. Walker Award.
The USO of Metropolitan Washington is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress and dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers; four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information please visit http://www.usometro.org