DynCorp International senior vice president of Government Relations, Communications and Afghanistan Operations, John Gastright, was recently voted onto the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) Board of Directors at their annual meeting.
USO-Metro Board members play a critical role in empowering USO-Metro to continue providing programs that support service members in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, metropolitan areas. Services focus on support for young enlisted families, single service members, children, spouses and wounded, ill and injured troops and their families.
Gastright commented, “Support for local military families through USO-Metro is something that truly resonates with DynCorp International. I am excited to work more closely with the Board as we continue to develop our partnership, especially on signature programs such as Operation Back to School and Turkeys for Troops.”
USO-Metro president and chief executive officer, Elaine Rogers, said, “It is such an honor to welcome John Gastright to our Board of Directors. He brings his experience as a sailor, in government and at DynCorp International to the table to help us continue our mission of lifting the spirits of our troops and their families.”
About John Gastright
Gastright joined DI in 2008 after working with the U.S. Department of State as deputy assistant secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs and interagency coordinator for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He was also previously a congressional staffer in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He served for six years in the U.S. Navy and was also a police officer in Charleston, S.C. Gastright graduated from The Citadel and earned two Master of Arts degrees – one in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and the other in Congressional Studies from Catholic University.
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington-Baltimore region. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.”
With the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops, their families, wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers through its Mobile USO program, five USO Centers, and four USO airport lounges.