USO Center Will Open at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport
In early May, the John Wayne Airport announced that they will open a USO Center for the first time in the airport’s history. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the creation of the USO center which will be located in Terminal B next to the baggage claim area on the Arrivals level.
Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Shawn Nelson, said, “Our armed service members work tirelessly to safeguard our freedom and our security. We are proud of their service and delighted to work with the Bob Hope USO to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment at JWA for traveling service members and their families.”
The Center, set to open in August, will serve as a retreat for active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families. The space will be staffed by volunteers and will provide refreshments, computer access, Wi-Fi, video games and travel assistance all free of charge.
Records indicate that some 20,000 active-duty military personnel pass through the JohnWayneAirport on an annual basis. When personal travel of military members is included, the number jumps to an estimated 100,000 people who would be entitled to use the USOCenter.
The space will be leased to the Bob Hope USO with a 5-year agreement at just $1 a year. An Irvine area builder, Snyder Langston, has already stepped up and agreed to design and build the Center as an in-kind donation.
To learn more about the mission of the Bob Hope USO or to volunteer or sponsor the program visit: http://bobhopeuso.org/.