USO in Airports

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By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps, Photos by Su Phelps

In 1966, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) became the first airport in the nation to host a USO facility in its terminal complex and that facility still remains in operation today. The USO center at SFO welcomes more than 25,000 military personnel annually. The USO was created in 1941 and is chartered by Congress as a non-profit organization. The USO’s mission is to provide morale, welfare and services to uniformed military personnel and their families. The United Services Organization (USO) invites U.S. military personnel and their families to enjoy a “home away from home” while traveling through SFO.