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Guard members honor popular USO employee

Feb 6, 2008 -- Members of the 131st Fighter Wing bid farewell to a USO employee and dear
friend in an informal gathering on Lambert IAP January 31.

Mrs. Melainie Davidson recently retired from her position as USO Director of
Satellite Operations. Best known for her efforts with the mobile USO,
Davidson has worked closely with many Missouri ANG personnel while
coordinating wing picnics, open houses, Airman for a Day programs, and
various other events over the years.

"We've really appreciated all the outstanding support the USO has provided
us through the years. Melainie's energy and dedication will be missed,"
said Colonel Robert Leeker, 131st FW Commander.

"Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you and your troops. My
hope is that you will continue to schedule the Mobile USO so the volunteers
can bring the USO hospitality and services to the Troops throughout Missouri
and Southern Illinois," Davidson said to her military friends. "Working at
the USO as the Director of Satellite Operations, scheduling the Mobile USO
has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done."