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USO of NC opens center at SJAFB

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, left, along with members of the USO of North Carolina cut the ribbon during a ceremony marking the opening of a new USO of North Carolina center, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The new USO of NC – SJAFB Center will serve the more than 6,000 Airmen stationed on base, along with any other DOD ID card holder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, left, along with members of the USO of North Carolina cut the ribbon during a ceremony marking the opening of a new USO of North Carolina center, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The new USO of NC – SJAFB Center will serve the more than 6,000 Airmen stationed on base, along with any other DOD ID card holder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Members of Team Seymour, the USO of North Carolina and others attend the ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the opening of a new USO of NC center. The USO of NC – SJAFB Center is the home to the first USO E-Sports gaming arena, which includes 10 top-of-the-line gaming computers, gaming consoles and stations for guests who choose to bring their personal consoles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Members of Team Seymour, the USO of North Carolina and others attend the ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the opening of a new USO of NC center. The USO of NC – SJAFB Center is the home to the first USO E-Sports gaming arena, which includes 10 top-of-the-line gaming computers, gaming consoles and stations for guests who choose to bring their personal consoles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Col. Anthony Mullinax, 4th Mission Support Group commander, plays in the new USO of North Carolina center during the grand opening, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The USO of NC – SJAFB Center is home to the first USO E-Sports gaming arena, which includes 10 top-of-the-line gaming computers, gaming consoles and stations for guests who choose to bring their personal consoles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Col. Anthony Mullinax, 4th Mission Support Group commander, plays in the new USO of North Carolina center during the grand opening, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The USO of NC – SJAFB Center is home to the first USO E-Sports gaming arena, which includes 10 top-of-the-line gaming computers, gaming consoles and stations for guests who choose to bring their personal consoles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new USO of North Carolina center, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The new USO of NC – SJAFB Center includes a coffee station, lounge area, conference table and the first ever USO E-Sports gaming arena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

Col. Donn Yates, 4th Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new USO of North Carolina center, Nov. 21, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The new USO of NC – SJAFB Center includes a coffee station, lounge area, conference table and the first ever USO E-Sports gaming arena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victoria Boyton)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The USO of North Carolina held a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of opening a new USO center, Nov. 21, 2019 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and speeches from the 4th Fighter Wing commander, Col. Donn Yates, USO of NC president and CEO James Whaley, and others.

The USO of NC – SJAFB Center, will serve more than 6,000 Airmen stationed at the base, along with any other DOD ID card holder. 

“I want people to feel welcome when they come in,” said Torette Williams, USO of North Carolina- SJAFB center manager.

The USO of NC aims to provide a location for Airmen to gather, relax and network, added Williams.

The new center contains a coffee station, snacks and a lounge area. It’s also home to the first USO E-Sports gaming arena, which includes 10 top-of-the-line gaming computers, gaming consoles and stations for guests who choose to bring their personal consoles.

The center offers a conference area which includes a large table, seating and white boards for meetings. Make It Better clubs from throughout the base have already signed up to utilize the space, added Williams.

The SJAFB Airmen Against Drunk Driving program has worked alongside the USO of NC and will use the center as their primary location for operations.

“I’m impressed and excited to use the center when I volunteer with AADD,” said Airman 1st Class Antonio Romo, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron structural apprentice. “It’s a great place for our AADD volunteers to socialize and hangout while we wait for calls.”

The center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

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