In real estate it’s all about location, location, location. That’s why the USO has locations at so many major airports; so that it can be accessible to service members when they need the strength of the USO the most.
When the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) embarked on a $14 billion modernization project that includes a 2.25-mile people-mover, the Bob Hope USO at LAX was asked to relocate.
The front desk at the new Bob Hope USO, where tens of thousands of military families will be greeted with a smile at the LAX Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Private family rooms at the new Bob Hope USO, located inside the iconic LAX Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport, will give families with small children some much-needed privacy.
The new 7,100-square-foot Bob Hope USO, located inside the iconic LAX Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport, will house new dedications and memorabilia to honor the life of Bob Hope.
The new outdoor patio seating area at the Bob Hope USO, located inside the iconic LAX Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Three private “connection rooms,” which are designed to allow service members to video chat with loved ones, are adorned with letters home from WWII.
USO memorabilia from the last 77 years is proudly displayed at the new Bob Hope USO.
As luck would have it, the iconic LAX Theme Building—the building that looks like a giant spaceship being suspended over the airport—had space available. Now—after a year of construction and generous donations from L.A. World Airports, The Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Northrup Grumman, and many others—a brand-new, state-of-the-art USO center will open its doors to strengthen a new generation of America’s service members by connecting them to family, home and country.
“It’s the most technologically advanced USO in existence,” said Bob Kurkjian, president of Bob Hope USO. “We doubled our size and we have dedicated family space and three private family rooms for military members traveling with their families and small children, which here at LAX is a significant number of our travelers.”
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The 7,100-square-foot center, which plays host to tens of thousands of service members and families per month, features a snack bar, outdoor patio seating, a nap room, private family rooms, a movie room, a children’s play area, as well as space to store luggage and charge electronics. Dedicated to the legacy of Bob Hope, the center relocation also provided an opportunity to create new ways of celebrating Hope’s rich history with the organization.
“For 77 years, the USO has been the standard bearer in service to our troops and their families,” said Kurkjian. “Today, we continue that tradition with the newest Bob Hope USO Center, combining our tradition of hospitality with best-in-class technology and entertainment. In partnership with our major donors, this center will welcome an estimated 2.7 million troops over the next 20 years.”