United Service Organizations opens new center at SLC Airport
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – United Service Organizations (USO) is opening a new airport hub, which will provide support to service members and families serving, training and traveling in Utah for the first time since World War II.
According to a press release, the USO will provide support to the 32,840 active-duty and reserve members of the armed forces stationed over 84,899 square miles, including many underserved locations in and around the state.
“The USO goes where our troops go and we are proud to support our service members and their families who serve, train and travel in Utah,” said USO West President Bob Kurkjian. “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Salt Lake City International Airport, as well as with our partners Northrop Grumman, Delta Airlines, Adobe, and the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs, for assisting the ‘USO to keep our troops connected to family, home and country with this new airport hub.
The organization plans to do a grand opening on Feb. 4, which will showcase a 933-square-foot facility that can provide equipment and outreach programs to current members, as well as their families, of the military.
Amenities will include furniture for resting, computers and Wi-Fi, free snacks and drinks, luggage storage and a seating area with TV, movies and games.
Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Airports Department, said, “We hope military personnel who connect through SLC find rest and relaxation here and that it makes their travels more enjoyable.
The USO has appointed Nate Vanenberg, a US Navy and Utah Air National Guard veteran, as USO Utah’s director of operations and programs to oversee the new center.
In addition to amenities, the new center will provide support operations and program delivery to the state’s five military bases, including “USO bridging programs, family days, emotional wellness programs, camps. for kids, sports entertainment, game nights, vacation programs, the Bob Hope Legacy program and more.
The USO has served the military for over 80 years, and they are currently looking for volunteers to join their team of more than 30,000 people who are supported.
To donate, volunteer, or explore sponsorship opportunities with USO Utah, please visit utah.uso.org.