Friday Nov 7, 2014

The USO Northwest - Serving America's Military Men and Women

Don Leingang

Executive Director, previously Commander, US Navy (retired) The USO Northwest

Introduced by: Jim Gordon

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In observance of Veteran’s Day, Executive Director Leingang  will discuss The USO Northwest and the services they provide to our members of the military and their families.

A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO Northwest relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support its activities. The USO Northwest is not a part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and the President of the United States.

Supporting America’s troops was the first mission of the USO. Over time, the USO has evolved, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the troops and their families, while holding steadfast to the original mission.

Today, the USO Northwest continues to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. USO Northwest provides programs and services developed to meet the unique needs of today’s military and their families. With the help of more than 300 volunteers, USO Northwest serves over 500,000 military and their families annually. USO Northwest provides support to those who need it the most including military deploying overseas and returning home, military families, woumded warriors and their families and families of the fallen.



About the Speaker

Commander Donald Leingang, USN (Ret) is the Executive Director of USO Northwest.

Commander Leingang is a northwest native and recently retired as the Executive Officer at the Naval Station Everett. A helicopter pilot and former Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, his distinguished 24-year Naval career includes leadership positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, Director of Air Warfare, Washington, D.C., and as the Operations Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He is a graduate of Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1984. In 2006, Leingang graduated from Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He reported onboard Naval Station Everett as Executive Officer in June 2006 with immediate duties organizing the Seattle Seafair. In 2008, Leingang retired from the Navy and immediately began duties as the Executive Director of the USO of the Puget Sound Area (USOPSA). During his military career, Leingang received the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6), the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit and service awards.