The U.S. Armed Forces Honor Guard stand at attention prior to entering the hall for the presenting of the colors. Photo by Jeffrey Heeney.

USO Honor Guard Lounge ribbon cut, renovations complete

On Tuesday, the ribbon was cut on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s renovated USO Honor Guard Lounge.

The lounge is specifically dedicated to the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who serve on the prestigious honor guard teams the teams who have the ultimate honor of escorting service members for their last ride into Arlington National Cemetery where they are laid to rest with the utmost dignity and respect.

The $35,000 renovation was made possible through the donations from the Joseph E. Robert Jr. Charitable Trust, NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins and the Patrick Shifflett Foundation.

Michelle Shortencarrier, the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore public affairs officer, said it was time for the renovation because it’s been almost 10 years since it opened.

She pointed out that the renovation was done in about three weeks to one month. The renovations included a new desk for volunteers, new furniture and flooring, painting and a computer desk.

Shortencarrier said having the honor lounge and renovations on the joint base is done through the support of its leadership.

“We had a tremendous amount of support from leadership,” she said. “Without them, we would not be able to provide space for those serving in the honor guard and ceremonial guard.”

Compiled by Catrina Francis

Pentagram Editor