Category Archives: USO-Metro

USO-Metro July 2021

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore recently hosted a group of U.S. Army active-duty service members for a weekend retreat at Patriot Point.

The group included one service-member couple from Fort McNair and another from Fort Belvoir, as well as a nurse from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center accompanied by her aunt and eight-year-old daughter.

The group arrived on Friday and enjoyed a wonderful dinner, then spent Saturday taking in all that Patriot Point has to offer, including kayaking, fishing and crabbing off the pier and the new shooting range, where Patriot Point General Manager Hugh Middleton offered lessons on how to use firearms.

“It’s always nice to learn a little more from a retired Navy SEAL,” said Kyle Barr, Mobile Operations & Programs Manager for USO National Capital District. “It was a really relaxing weekend. Everybody got to much as little or as much as they wanted. It was exactly what they needed.”

USO-Metro June 2021

USO-Metro recently brought a group of 11 marines for a weekend retreat at Patriot Point. The marines came from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, where they are responsible for the burials of service members who have passed away.

“When they got to Patriot Point, they were in awe and just taking in the scenery,” said Dencil Harrison, the USO-Metro center supervisor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

The group toured the property and spent Saturday enjoying the many activities available at Patriot Point.

“It was like a family,” Harrison said. “They laughed and they joked. We were out on the beach, singing songs and we did karaoke. They did skeet shooting. Everybody loved what they were doing. By the end, they were begging me to go back. It was just so pleasant. That was the best time.”

USO-Metro Beyond the Base April 2021

USO-Metro recently brought a group of eight service members and their guests to Patriot Point for a weekend retreat as part of its Beyond the Base program.

“It was amazing,” USO-Metro Center Operations Supervisor Brittany Freshwater said. “Very much a nice, relaxing weekend away. They had the opportunity to do some activities and also the opportunity to do absolutely nothing at all.”

The group arrived at Patriot Point on Friday night. Saturday was full of activities such as crabbing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a visit to Patriot Point’s new shooting range.

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore – Jan 2021

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore recently hosted three active-duty service members and a few of their family members for a hunting retreat at Patriot Point.

The group included one Army officer, one Marine and one Air Force airman.

“We got there the night before and hung out in the Guest House,” said Kyle Barr, USO-Metro mobile operations and programs specialist. Volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly “made a great dinner. The next day we went ducking hunting and while the ducks weren’t flying like we wanted them to, everybody went home with at least three breasts of duck.”

USO-Metro October Retreat

Patriot Point recently hosted eight active-duty service members for a USO-Metro retreat. Many of the service members were new to the military and National Capital Region, so the opportunity for them to bond was particularly meaningful. The group fished, enjoyed bonfires on beach and roasted marshmallows. Dencil Harrison, the USO-Metro center supervisor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall said that the group already was talking about getting a chance to return to Patriot Point. “Such a wonderful weekend!” he said.

USO-Metro Family Camping

Recap from Shawn Sabia, USO-Metro​ Manager, Center Operations

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted several military families from across the National Capital Region for a fun-filled weekend at Patriot Point. USO-Metro brought 14 families — a total of 54 individuals — from eight different duty stations in the DMV for a family camping trip.

For many of the guests, it was their first time ever camping. They were treated to delicious food, included freshly-caught crabs. The families spent hours on the water enjoying the mild fall temperatures courtesy of On The Edge kayaking and paddle boarding.

The rest of the weekend was full of fun crafts, family activities and a raucous game of Human Foosball, capped with some delicious s’mores.

The families were in awe of the beauty of Patriot Point and its mission of supporting wounded, ill and injured service members. The sounds of laughter and squeals of joy filled the air from kids that were thrilled to run and play with other military kids. Despite having never met before, they instantly felt a kinship in their shared military lifestyle. It is fair to say that the only ones happier than the kids were the parents. Parents overjoyed at how fast their little ones fell asleep after a long day of fun. Thank you to Patriot Point and the Military Bowl for assisting the USO in creating life long memories for these military families.

USO-Metro June 2019

USO-Metro recently brought five service members to Patriot Point for a fishing excursion. Although the water was choppy, the group was able to utilize the property’s other activities. Property manager Tim Mitchell took some service members to the five-stand for skeet shooting, while other guests relaxed on the beach for a bit. The group was treated to a delicious lunch from Emily’s Produce, and as the waters settled, the group was able to finally catch a few fish off the pier.

USO-Metro May 2019

USO-Metro hosted two recently medically retired U.S. Army service members for a fishing trip this past weekend at Patriot Point. “They immensely enjoyed the fishing excursion and spending time with Tim. They really had a great time,” said Ashy Palliparambil, USO-Metro senior manager, resiliency programs. Ashy said the service members caught a whopping 72 fish while out on the calm waters surrounding Patriot Point.

USO Metro January 19

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted a group at Patriot Point this past week that included a pair of recovering service members from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and five members of the USAF Honor Guard stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, who regularly are on duty at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

The group arrived this past Thursday night and stayed until Saturday, taking part in a goose and duck hunt, but “more importantly, they were able to enjoy the quietness that winter on Patriot Point offers,” said John Falin, USO-Metro’s Director of Center Operations, noting that the opportunity for the service members to leave their respective military installation and get away was much needed.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to get out of the daily rituals and really enjoy some R&R in nature,” Falin said. “The service members that go down to Patriot Point, they love being out in nature, hiking the trails, joking around a bonfire, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s just a way for them to have a mini-vacation without the hassles of city life.”

2018 USO Metro Beyond the Base


USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted nine active-duty military families at Patriot Point this past weekend. Heroes of the Water George Washington Chapter helped with the water activities as the group enjoyed kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, crabbing and more!

The weather was spectacular and water awesome as the group headed out – where they were greeted by a school of dolphins! It was a rare treat in our peaceful waters.

Topping things off, everyone enjoyed some roaring bonfires on the beach!

“Such a wonderful place to visit and unwind,” the Blatt family wrote in our guestbook. “Thank you so very much for all the kindness you show us!”