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SLC International’s New USO Airport Center Provides Comfort for On-the-Go Military


Travel-weary military service men and women and their families will have some respite from the chaos and hustle and bustle of air travel with the new USO Airport Center at Salt Lake International Airport.

The new airport hub will provide support to military personnel and families serving, training and traveling in Utah.

The United Service Organizations, or USO, smoothly opened the new facility in December last year and are planning a grand opening of the airport hub on February 4, according to a press release on Friday.

The 933-square-foot facility will include comfortable furniture for resting, computers and Wi-Fi, free snacks and drinks, luggage storage, and a lounge area with TV entertainment, movies and games. family.

“The larger airport has allowed us to provide an exceptional location and space for our military men and women,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Salt Lake City Airports Department. “We hope that military personnel who connect through SLC will find rest and relaxation here and that it will make their travels more enjoyable.

The military are no strangers to long travel days with several stopovers. When an enlisted member receives travel or relocation orders, they often ship them ahead of other family members, leaving spouses and children through the hardships of travel without the assistance of their partners.

The new airport center hopes to alleviate some of the stress of travel.

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In addition to downtown airport amenities, USO Utah will provide support operations and program delivery to the state’s five military bases. Support operations include USO bridging programs, emotional wellness programs, children’s camps and family days, officials said.

“I am excited to share a little bit of Utah with every visitor to the new USO Center,” said new USO Utah Operations and Programs Director Nate Vandenberg.

USO Utah is seeking volunteers to join the team of more than 30,000 USO volunteers who support local military service members and their families. Those interested in donating or volunteering should visit utah.uso.org.


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