Speranzo Joins USO-Metro Board

ARLINGTON, Va. - July 26, 2016 - PRLog -- USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro), a 501c3 nonprofit organization chartered by Congress that provides morale-building programs and services to one of the highest concentrations of military personnel in the world, today announced Milo Speranzo, director of strategy and compliance for Avnet Government Solutions, as its newest board member.

As a U.S. Air Force veteran, Speranzo understands the critical role that the USO plays in the lives of the military community, and he has been an active USO volunteer for more than 15 years. Speranzo has a wealth of professional experience in the public sector, which he will draw upon to help the USO achieve its goals. As a member of the board of directors, he will focus on marketing and fundraising.

Currently, Speranzo is responsible for ensuring compliance and driving the vision, strategy, and profitability for Avnet Government Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avnet, Inc. that specializes in technology solutions for the federal, state, local and education markets. He has also held positions with Split Rock and Lockheed Martin.

"We're extremely proud and excited to welcome Milo Speranzo to the USO-Metro family," said Elaine Rogers, CEO and President of USO-Metro. "Our board members are absolutely vital to ensuring that we can meet the needs of our nation's brave service men and women and the family members who stand beside them."

Since 1941, the USO has been boosting morale and connecting America's troops to the things they love –family, home and country. USO-Metro supports and fulfills the needs of local active duty military members and their families, who live, work and travel throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. USO-Metro receives no financial assistance from the federal government and relies on the generosity of the American people and business communities to fund its myriad of programs. Board members play a critical role in ensuring that USO-Metro can continue its tradition of boosting the morale of the nation's service members and their families.

"My first deployment to the Middle East was during the holiday season, and the USO put on a fantastic show that helped me and my team forget about being so far away from home for a couple of days," said Speranzo. "I am honored to be able to give back to this remarkable organization that helped me during my time in the service and continues to boost the morale of military personnel around the world. My appointment to the board is also a great example of how Avnet and its employees continue to give back to the communities we serve, and I'm looking forward to working with the USO to keep our military personnel connected to their country and those they protect."

USO-Metro operates 10 USO locations, including two state-of-the-art USO Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and a Mobile USO where a cadre of dedicated volunteers provide a wide variety of services to members of the military community. From single service members, military families, spouses and children, to the nation's wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers, USO-Metro is dedicated to providing critical programs and services and helping to build a sense of community.

USO-Metro's signature events include Operation Community Connection, Your USO Meal (YUM), Operation Back to School and holiday programs such as Project USO Elf and Turkeys for Troops. Through the USO Warrior and Family Centers, wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers are supported by healing programs including art and music therapy as well as physical and wellness programs, such as yoga, meditation and healthy cooking classes.

Speranzo joins a prestigious group of board members from a wide variety of companies including The Boeing Company, DynCorp International, Northrop Grumman and Giant.

About Avnet Government Solutions
Avnet Government Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avnet, Inc., focusing on the U.S. public sector. Specializing in the federal, state, local and education markets, it helps independent software vendor, systems integrator and value-added reseller partners capture IT market share with the U.S. government. Avnet Government Solutions has industry experience, strong supplier relationships, and government IT insight providing an advantage partners and suppliers can leverage to transform technology into solutions that achieve meaningful results for the public sector. For more information, visit www.gov.avnet.com.

About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore:  Celebrating 75 years of service, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress and dedicated to strengthening America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country.  USO-Metro is committed to connecting our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. USO-Metro is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at local military hospitals, through its Mobile USO, six USO Centers, including two of the largest the Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and four USO airport lounges.  Our programs and services and entertainment celebrity handshake tours at local military hospitals and military installations are made possible by the American people, support of our partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

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