By: Kylen Mills
The Rock Island Arsenal adds a "home away from home" to their facilities today.
The USO Rock Island Center is opening a 2000 square foot space for active duty and their families to relax.
The lounge type space offers snacks, cable TV, videogames, a computer lab with Wifi, books and board games.
Director Jackie Insman says there was no recreation space like this on the arsenal. All she had was a small USO office, but that just wasn't enough to meet the needs of the 800 active service members at the arsenal.
"In my office I had snacks and refreshments and it doesn't seem like a lot but I had 355 service members come and see me just in my office. So there is a need for a bigger space."
The plan is to have the center open from 8 to 4:30PM daily to all active service members from the base and surrounding areas. There is an open house today from 12:00pm to 5:30pm.