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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Elaine B. Rogers, USO of metropolitan Washington president, left, 1st Lt. Jason Castleberry, 89th Aerial Port Squadron passenger operations officer, John Marselle, chairman of the board for the USO, and Col. Jacqueline Van Ovost, 89th Airlift Wing commander, cut the ribbon for opening ceremonies at the passenger terminal June 9. The USO has been located inside the passenger terminal since 1995. Its volunteers have assisted 1154 military and families members so far in 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Brownstein)
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Ribbon cutting ceremony marks official opening of USO lounge

Posted 6/18/2010   Updated 6/18/2010 Email story   Print story


by Cristie Varvaro
Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs

6/18/2010 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The new United Service Organization lounge at Joint Base Andrews is a place where service members are welcomed with open arms and are treated like family. The USO held a ribbon cutting ceremony June 9, celebrating the official opening of its newly renovated lounge at the Andrews passenger terminal.

The lounge was established to provide various services and items to traveling servicemembers and their families. Traveling servicemembers can grab snacks and beverages, use desktop computers with printing capability, call home using free telephone access, and peruse free books and magazines.

Since the organization's start in 1941, the USO has tried to be a bridge between the American people and the men and women in uniform conveying the heartfelt appreciation and support of a grateful nation. USO centers have provided a "home away from home" for many Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Sailors and Soldiers.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks from the President of the USO of Metropolitan Washington, Ms. Elaine B. Rogers, and Col. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing.

Ms. Rogers, who has worked for the USO for 35 years, expressed her gratitude for USO volunteers and praised them for their efforts. "We could not survive without our volunteers," she said. "Thank you for what you do. You truly make such an amazing difference in what an organization like ours can do."

Volunteers can be found at the new USO lounge assisting service members and their families with transportation, lodging and other questions. Ms. Hazel Stevens has volunteered 8,362 hours with the USO over the past 15 years.

"It's been my pleasure to volunteer for 15 years," she said. "It's a huge part of my life and it's great to know that I am giving back."

Colonel Van Ovost spoke of the positive impact the USO and its volunteers have made on service members and their families.

"It's about the heart of our volunteers reaching out to the heart of our service members, welcoming them in and providing them with a little piece of home anywhere in the world our service members are."

USO-Metro operates four additional lounges in airports throughout the NCR to assist military travelers: Reagan National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

The USO lounge at Andrews is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For additional information, call 301-981-4686.

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