USO brings mobile gaming unit to Laughlin

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  • By Airman 1st Class Harrison Sullivan
  • 47th Flying Training Wing
The United Service Organizations (USO) visited Laughlin June 2-3, 2024, with their Mobile National Football League (NFL) Gaming Trailer, boosting the morale of Airmen and base residents. The NFL gaming trailer held two events, one geared towards Airmen and the other for families.

The NFL gaming trailer is the only unit of its kind within the USO. This marks huge milestone, as having it travel to Laughlin builds our connection with USO allowing more events to occur here.

“This is their first trip to Laughlin,” said Staff Sgt. Tanner Bailey, 47th Force Support Squadron, manpower analyst. “I am trying to expound on Laughlin’s relationship with the USO, and by working with them to bring it here and have the event, we increase the likelihood of them returning and/or proving a permanent gaming facility.”

The NFL gaming trailer parked in front of Losano Fitness Center and provided Airmen and their families the opportunity to play the popular football video game Madden, try virtual reality, play cornhole, and enjoy free food and drinks..

“It gives both our hardworking servicemembers and their supportive families something new and fun to do together,” stated Bailey, who led the event. “It allows the servicemembers to partake in casual gaming for recreation and to play in tournaments with a more competitive edge. This gave the Airmen another option for activities outside of remaining in their room or going to San Antonio.”

Video games are one of the many ways our Laughlin airmen connect with each other and build comradery and resilience. Football is an entertaining American tradition that brings family and friends together.

“Approximately 185 personnel attended the event,” said Bailey. “80 on the active-duty day and 105 on family day. There were 30 gaming tournament participants.”

Whether teamwork or friendly competition, the mobile NFL gaming unit let airmen and families to come together to have an evening full of relaxation and fun.

On their website, the USO mentions how football can be entertainment, a way to relax, a shared tradition with family and friends or a way to remind troops of home. Football brings a bit of home to the troops and can connect service members, their families and communities.