S&S - National Airport to get new USO lounge
Stars and Stripes
National Airport to get new USO lounge
Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Thursday, December 20, 2007
WASHINGTON — The USO of Metropolitan Washington will open a new military lounge at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia next year, thanks in part to a $125,000 donation from CACI International.
The money, presented Tuesday in a ceremony at the airport, will help pay not only for equipment in the lounge but also for ongoing operations there.
Adrienne Trout, spokeswoman for USO-Metro, said officials plan to hire several staff for the lounge to help servicemembers with baggage storage, free Internet access and other available services.
USO-Metro currently operates lounges for troops at Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Andrews Air Force Base and Reagan airport. Trout said the current 400-square-foot Reagan facility is the smallest, and the new facility — set to open in February — will be double the size.
The group is funded solely with donations, Trout said, and space at the airports is donated by local municipal authorities.
For more information on the projects, visit www.usometrodc.org.