FORT MEADE, Md. (WUSA) --- Military members and their families in Maryland will have access to a new and expanded USO center. It is the largest military installation in the state.
USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) celebrated the grand opening of the center, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
Business leaders, senior military leaders, representatives of elected officials and WWE Superstar David Otunga all joined in the joyous occasion.
The new center is designed to meet the needs of the garrison's growing population. USO-Metro serves more than 500,000 troops and their families living in the Washington-Baltimore region.
"Thanks to the incredibly generous support of many local companies and the surrounding community, USO-Metro can continue to fulfill its mission of lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families," said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of USO-Metro.
"This Fort Meade USO Center will provide so much comfort and joy to our Fort Meade military community through a whole host of our signature programs and events."
USO Centers provide a "home-away-from-home" for military service members and their families. The Fort Meade USO Center is staffed by volunteers and offers complimentary programs and services including community events, emergency housing, food assistance and holiday programs.
The Center, located at 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road, features cable television, Wi-Fi, video gaming, a computer lab, a theatre room, a food pantry and a large patio and outdoor seating area.
"The USO's new location near the Defense Information School student barracks is a great location fitting of the amazing work the USO continues to do for the Fort, and gives them better exposure to Fort Meade's growing and diverse service member population," said Fort Meade Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein.