Las Vegas, NV – Nevada’s congressional delegation and local dignitaries gathered at McCarran International Airport to celebrate the groundbreaking of the USO Lounge that will be dedicated to traveling service members and their families. It took several years of petitioning and fund raising by members of the community to make the lounge a reality so today’s event was a much deserved celebration. The United Service Organization noted this facility will be one of only 33 in airports nationwide that will have this kind of operation. The project will be constructed by Danoski Clutts Building Group and is scheduled to be completed and operational by Veteran’s Day.
In attendance were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Congresswomen Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus, and USO Celebrity Circle Chairman/local entertainer Wayne Newton. Other local dignitaries included Jeff Hill, President of the United Service Organization, Doug Bradford, Center Director for the Las Vegas USO Lounge, and Randall H. Walker, Director of Aviation for McCarran International Airport. Decorated service men and women representing all branches of the armed forces were also in attendance. Both Shawn Danoski and Bryce Clutts of Danoski Clutts Building Group were on hand to witness the festivities. The 2,800 square foot lounge will include internet access, WiFi services (compliments of McCarran International Airport), lounge and recreational areas, including a movie theatre.
“This place will give our troops a place of dignity,” expressed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “it’s one of the ways we can say thank you to our military.”
Congresswomen Shelly Berkley expressed her appreciation stating, “Our soldiers deserve something better and this facility is a way for us to show our support to those who serve our country.”
Much effort and petitioning was involved to get make facility a reality. Wayne Newton was a major driving force in creating the momentum. As Newton stated, “It’s time that we did something to thank our military for the lifestyle that we have. Nothing worthwhile is easy, but our community would not give up.”
“We are honored to be a part of this effort,” expressed Bryce Clutts, president of Danoski Clutts, “With over 160 successfully completed projects to date at McCarran Airport, this is one project that we are especially proud of.”
The facility will be open year round to traveling service men and women, including their families. USO officials expect up to 55,000 troops and family members will frequent the airport on an annual basis.