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Grand-opening Ceremony for USO Center at Bush Airport

Grand-opening ceremony for the new USO facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

The Houston Airport System (HAS) announces the grand-opening celebration, Tuesday, September 1, 2009, of the expanded and relocated United Service Organization (USO) facility in the Mickey Leland International Terminal D at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) at 2:00 p.m. The 1,200 square foot center, which cost an estimated $300,000 to construct, contains a Cyber Café, video gaming stations, entertainment lounge, quiet room, children’s play room, and kitchen. The comfortable new furnishings are provided through the generosity of Jim “Mattress Mack,” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture. The refreshments in the facility are provided by Mr. and Mrs. Norm Phillips.

Media wishing to attend the grand-opening ceremony must contact the Houston Airport System media-hotline number for clearance at 281-233-1234. Please park in the Terminal E public parking garage, and then sign in at the Terminal D ticketing level for a security check and escort to the event.

WHO: Houston Airport System, USO, Gallery Furniture, Dignitaries, VIP’s, and Service Personnel

WHAT: Grand-opening ceremony for the new USO facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: George Bush Intercontinental Airport Mickey Leland International Terminal D

WHY: More than 45,000 service members and their families visit the USO center at IAH each year. The expanded and refurbished facility is a demonstration of our gratitude and will help pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country, by making them a bit more comfortable during their travels through Houston’s major airport.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2008, ranking as the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. and the 6th largest airport in the world. Houston’s three airports contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy and are responsible for the employment of 151,000 people. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, is the 8th busiest airport in the nation. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) together have served the Texas Gulf Coast region for more than 150 years. For more information, visit and watch “Houston Airports Today” every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on KTBU My Channel 55.

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