The Sesame Street character Katie waves to children as the rest of her friends interact with Golden Cubs Tuesday during the Sesame Street USO Experience for Military Families at the Travis Air Force Base Fitness Center. There were approximately 1,600 Golden Bears and their Cubs who attended the shows Tuesday and Wednesday.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Carranza)


Sesame Street USO tour visits Travis

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Approximately 1,600 members of the Travis Air Force Base community watched “Sesame Street’s” Elmo and friends perform Tuesday and Wednesday at the Travis Air Force Base Fitness Center.

“This really brightened my child’s day,” said Jeff Cornett, crew chief with the base’s 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “She loves Elmo, so this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.”

The event showcased several Sesame Street characters, highlighting Katie, a military child who was created exclusively for the touring show. Katie was introduced to military families in April 2011.

According to the USO’s website, the Sesame Street USO Experience for Military Families was created in 2008 to help service members and their families.

“The goal was to allow Travis’ youth and deployed families to experience the excitement of Sesame Street while cheering up any child who may be sad because they miss their parent due to deployment or because they have recently moved to a new base,” said Kymberley Wayne, marketing director for Travis’ 60th Force Support Squadron. “With an attendance of roughly 1,600 amazing family members in two days and seeing so many smiling faces, I think we surpassed our goals.”

Cornett’s daughter, Evelynn, 4, said she enjoyed the event because she loved to dance and jump around with the other children who attended.

“It was fun,” Evelynn Cornett said. “I love Elmo because he is red and beautiful. I can’t wait to come back again.”

Since its debut six years ago, the tour has delivered family moments to more than 412,000 military children and their parents through approximately 735 shows at 144 military bases in 33 states and 11 countries.

“Because the tour limits its selection of bases to visit, it’s always a privilege when the USO chooses our base to participate in an event,” Wayne said. “I am proud that Travis was selected in 2012 and this year’s tour.”

For members of the Travis community such as Jeff Cornett, gratitude and appreciation were expressed.

“It was really great for them to host this event,” Jeff Cornett said. “We really appreciate the support.”

Staff Sgt. Christopher Carranza


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