New USO Center Set to Open in Phoenix

A Moving Tribute: Dignitaries announced the future USO site, to move from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4 in 2011. (Photo courtesy of SkyHarbor.com)

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport welcomed some special guests this week to announce USO Arizona, a new facility expected to serve tens of thousands of troops and their family members traveling through the airport.  The new center will open in 2011 in Terminal 4, replacing the current facility in Terminal 2.

“To have the USO in the main terminal in Phoenix is going to be amazing,” Maj. Gen. Hugo Salazar, adjutant general for the Arizona National Guard, told The Arizona Sun. “When you walk into a USO, after you show your ID, you get a warm embrace.”

For the last four years, the airport supported troops and their families through the Military & Veterans Hospitality Room in Terminal 2.  With the coming of the USO many more troops and their families will have this same opportunity in a larger, modern facility.

“Today is an exciting day as we welcome the USO to one of the ten busiest airports in the US and America’s Friendliest Airport™,” said Aviation Director Danny Murphy to a crowd that included Sloan Gibson, President and CEO of the USO; Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon; Dave McIntyre, President and CEO of the TriWest Healthcare Alliance; Congressman Harry Mitchell and Congressman John Shadegg; and Phoenix Councilmen Bill Gates, Michael Johnson, Claude Mattox and Sal Diciccio.

For more information about the current offerings for members of the military and their families, please click here.  And we’ll see you at the new center next year!

4 thoughts on “New USO Center Set to Open in Phoenix

  1. This is Bob Woodruff with the VFW in Camp Verde Arizona and on October ninth there will be an observance of the late 1800′s Fort Verde. There will also be a parade and we will have an entry with a 1943 duece and a half truck and trailer. We would like to have a theme of the USO with music by the Andrew sisters and the song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. We plan on having couples dancing the jitterbug to the music. I would like to get permission to use the USO logo for the banners we plan on putting on the truck. We hope to take first place in the parade and I will be more than happy to send you photos. Thank you, Bob

  2. Am wondering if there are any events planned in 2012 either at or sponsored by USO in Phoenix? I am president of the local Newfoundland
    Dog Club, the Gentle Giants, and would like to see if we could be involved with USO activity’s in the Phoenix or Arizona area.
    We march in parade’s and our “Pet Therapists” (the dogs) visit many hospitals, hospice’s and various nursing homes in the area along with Special Olympic events.

  3. I live VERY close to the airport and would love to be an airport greeter for our servicemen and servicewomen going to or coming from overseas. Although I’ve been writing our troops on a regular basis through Soldiers Angels for the last three years, my wish is to get more up close and personally involved.

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