USO Okinawa Staff Highlight: Yoneko Tamanaha
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published: November 07, 2018
Name: Yoneko Tamanaha
Position/Title: Center Operations Specialist
Time worked at USO: June 9th, 2003 - Present
Center/Office location: USO Futenma
Tell Us About Them:
Ms. Yoneko Tamanaha was born and raised here in Okinawa. She has been with USO Futenma since June 2003 supporting Marines, sailors, and families. Yoneko enjoys coming in everyday and providing a home away from home for everyone that walks through the doors. Her passion to support the community of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is inspiring for everyone on the USO Futenma team.
Her hobbies include spending time with family as well as dancing. A fun fact about her is that prior to coming aboard with the USO she was a professional competition dancer! As well, Yoneko enjoys traveling and from 1978 - 1979 she conducted a trip around the world visiting 60 countries.
1. Why do you love working at the USO?
The young Marines & Sailors are here and so far away from their home, and I enjoy taking care of them until it’s time for them to go home.
2. What is your favorite memory of working at the USO?
One our old USO volunteers returned to Okinawa and came to visit me, and I found out that they're now married and that they have a baby.