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USO brings Sesame Street to Andersen AFB

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Elmo, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Grover and Zoe, all characters from the Sesame Street television show, are slated to visit Andersen AFB and perform for military members and their families Feb. 18 at the Youth Center gym.

The United Service Organizations teamed with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces Sesame Street, to bring The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families to the Asia-Pacific region. The tour kicked off Jan. 14 at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

"Sesame Workshop is proud of its ongoing commitment to serving the needs of military families, and we are thrilled to partner with our good friends at the USO to bring Elmo and the Sesame Street Muppets to military families overseas," said Gary E. Knell, Sesame Workshop President and CEO. "The U.S. tour last fall was a huge success and further underscored the need for resources to help military families cope with the challenges of deployment. This is our way of saying thank you to the families in our Armed Forces for their commitment to all of us."

Show times for the performances are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

"The USO will have a table where they will be giving away outreach materials to the kids" said Tech. Sgt. Max Pontenila, 36th Force Support Squadron NCO-in-charge of the HotSpot. "We are anticipating a big turnout for both shows. For members who want to bring their whole family, we recommend going to the evening performance since Andersen Elementary School students are sure to pack the house for the early showing."

The tour is a continuation of Sesame Workshop's "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative. Since Fall 2008, Sesame Workshop and the USO have sponsored more than 150 shows at more than 60 military installations, spanning three continents and entertaining more than 100,000 service members and their families.