By Sandi Moynihan

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Every year, tens of thousands of service members pass through Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on their way to complete missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of Southwest Asia.

During their time on the installation, many also make a point to stop by the USO.

Since opening its doors in 2013, USO Camp Arifjan has become a popular place for service members to spend their limited free time. In 2016, with heavy foot traffic of roughly 20,000 visits each month, it was clear the center needed a major makeover to better serve the base’s population.

Earlier this year, the USO moved out of its original building on Camp Arifjan and headed to a small, temporary location so the transformation process could begin.

The renovated center is almost ready to reopen to the public, but before it does, we took an exclusive tour of the building with Tyler Krantz, the center manager at USO Camp Arifjan. Take a look.

You can send a message of support and thanks directly to service members via the USO’s Campaign to Connect. Your messages will appear on screens at USO locations around the world.